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Did a wild wolf breed with a domestic dog? State tests pups; residents seek sanctuary


July 14, 2022

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Marschke.

Archie Dunbar, 7, smiles with puppy Biscuit, one of at least nine dogs born in Haines this spring that the state suspects could be part wolf. The owner of the litter's mother said she might have inadvertently mated with a gray wolf in a rural part of the borough. Wolfdogs are illegal to breed or possess in Alaska.

Not every day does a wild wolf mate with a domestic dog.

But a handful of local puppies born in February might be the product of such an occurrence, which biologists say is rare but not impossible.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) is...

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