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Nevada officials confirm first wolf in the state since 1922

RENO, Nev. – The Nevada Department of Wildlife has confirmed the first sighting of a wolf in the state in almost 100 years.

Chief State forester Brian Wakeling said Friday the wolf was spotted in the northwest part of Nevada in early November in the vicinity of Fox Mountain, just to the west of the Black Rock Desert and about 20 miles from the California line.

Wakeling says wildlife officials recovered scat of the animal. A conservation lab at the University of Idaho confirmed the manure came from a male offspring of a seven-member pack of wolves known as the “Shasta Pack” in Northern California.

Wakeling, said the department occasionally receives reports of wolf sightings, but this is the first time that a presence is verified since 1922.

He says that the observation of a lone animal does not mean that the wolves have established territories in Nevada.

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