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45 miles from Manhattan, center raises endangered red and Mexican wolves for return to wild
SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. (AP) ' A wooded hill within 45 miles of Manhattan is an important part of the effort to return wolves to the wild in North Carolina, Arizona and New Mexico.
The Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem is raising and breeding endangered Mexican and red wolves. The animals roam in large pens on the 27-acre property, eating roadkill and whatever they catch.
Their contact with humans is limited and they are identified by numbers instead of names.
Conservationists hope the wolves or their progeny can one day make it in the wild.
The wolf center has endured some recent reverses, including a court case that killed a $1.5 million donation of land.
But four pairs of New York wolves have been chosen to breed for federal programs this winter.