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WA: Tenino sanctuary wolves get annual checkup

CHELSEA KROTZER, The Olympian

TENINO, Wash. (AP) — Emily Blade cradled the head of an anesthetized Mexican gray wolf as her colleagues hoisted the animal onto a piece of canvas.

The team of mostly university students was recording the weight of the 11-year-old wolf, known as Lorenzo, at Wolf Haven International near Tenino.

It took two men to hold a metal rod connected by a chain to the canvas to accurately gauge the animal’s weight: 85.2 pounds.

It was one of many steps necessary during Lorenzo’s annual checkup, which is required by the Species Survival Plan program.

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