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Published February 18, 2010, 09:36 AM

Endangered Mexican wolf recaptured in New Brighton

NEW BRIGHTON, Minn. (AP) - An endangered Mexican gray wolf that's been on the run for several days has been returned to a wildlife center in Forest Lake.

Wildlife Science Center director Peggy Callahan says a police officer in New Brighton spotted the wolf wandering in a neighborhood before dawn Thursday. New Brighton is 17 miles from Forest Lake.

Callahan says police and center employees eventually were able to pin the wolf against an interstate fence where the animal was tranquilized about 9:30 a.m.

The wolf and two others were freed by someone who apparently broke into the center in Forest Lake over the weekend and pried open their pen. The two other wolves were recaptured shortly after their release.

Callahan says the wolf recaptured Thursday is a little underweight and dehydrated, but recovering at the center.