A lost wolf pup left Boise this morning on its way to a new home and family in Virginia.
A wild wolf picked up by campers north of Ketchum is on the move again, this time traveling from his temporary home in Boise to a facility in Williamsburg, Va.
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game announced Wednesday that the 7-week-old pup has found a new home there at Busch Gardens.
The facility was selected from a list compiled by staff at Zoo Boise, who determined which facilities might be able to adequately care for the animal.
Busch Gardens has several zoos that are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, though its facility in Williamsburg is not.
The wolf pup was separated from his pack prior to May 25 when campers driving into Ketchum saw it sitting by the side of the road near Frenchman's Bend on Warm Springs Road.
Suzanne Stone, spokeswoman for wolf advocacy group Defenders of Wildlife, said last week that the campers sat by the road for an hour to see if anyone would return for the pup—which they originally thought was a domestic dog.
DNA tests returned positive last week, indicating that the pup is a full-blooded wild wolf.
Stone and officials from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game searched for the wolf's pack even prior to the DNA test results in the hope of reuniting the animal with his family.
Idaho Fish and Game Magic Valley Region Supervisor Jerome Hansen said as early as June 5 that the wolf's future was likely in captivity, though Defenders of Wildlife field technicians continued searching though June 10 for the pup's original pack, using helicopters and on-the-ground searching.