Wolf searches for mate in Utah before leaving

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) State wildlife officials think a male wolf has left Utah after wandering through the Uinta Mountains in Duchesne County in search of a mate late this summer.The wolf was spotted by at least three groups of people and linked by the frequency of its radio collar to the Boundary Pack from Idaho's panhandle region near Canada.The 4-year-old wolf roamed roughly 850 miles south as the crow flies to where it was first spotted in Utah.Utah Division of Wildlife Resources biologist Brian Maxfield{}told The Salt Lake Tribune he encountered the animal in late August in the Uinta Mountains and its radio collar signal was last picked up in Utah on Sept. 19.Two years ago, a pack of either wolves or wolf-dog hybrids were spotted in eastern Utah County.___Information from: The Salt Lake TribuneCopyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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