A group of 11 Mexican gray wolves, including three pups born at Wolf Haven International near Tenino, were released into the wild on Dec. 1, according to the nonprofit.
“This family of endangered Mexican gray wolves originated at Wolf Haven and was moved to the Ladder Ranch in New Mexico in April to await their release,” stated the Wolf Have news release. “Wolf Haven and Ladder Ranch staff accompanied the wolves to the release site and participated in this historic occasion, along with agency personnel from Mexico.”
Three pups were born at Wolf Haven in 2015.
Their mother gave birth to six pups shortly after their transfer to New Mexico, the news release stated.
In 1994, Wolf Haven was approved to participate in the Mexican wolf Species Survival Plan. Wolf Haven is a captive-breeding site and pre-release site. Since then, eight Mexican wolf litters have been born at the sanctuary.
The story of Wolf Haven, its furry residents and the nonprofit’s work with Species Survival Plan programs are featured in a new book, “Wolf Haven: Sanctuary and the Future of Wolves in North America,” by photographer Annie Marie Musselman and writer Brenda Peterson, both of Seattle.