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NY: Endangered wolves at NY preserve produce 8 pups

Associated Press

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Eight rare Mexican wolf pups have been born at a preserve in the New York City suburbs.

The Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem is announcing online that a breeding pair produced five males and three females on Sunday.

The announcement says the pups are no larger than a potato.

An expert said last year that there were only about 50 Mexican wolves in the wild in the United States. They’re kept along the New Mexico-Arizona border under a federal program.

To maintain genetic diversity, the wolves in the wild are restocked from pups born to the 300 or so wolves kept in captivity. That includes those at the Wolf Conservation Center.