Endangered Mexican Gray Wolf Found Dead in Northern Arizona | Arizona News
FLAGSTAFF, Arizona (AP) – An endangered Mexican gray wolf that roamed northern Arizona has been found dead, federal officials confirmed on Friday.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service said the male wolf was killed last weekend. Authorities said the incident was under investigation and declined to release any further information.
Environmentalists were dismayed by the discovery, saying the wolf known as Anubis gave them hope that Mexican gray wolves would return to the area.
âItâs tragic that Anubis was killed and many of us mourn his loss, but despite this heinous crime, itâs also deep confirmation that northern Arizona should be part of the recovery effort. wolves, “Greta Anderson, deputy director of the Western Watersheds Project, said in a statement.
The wolf had returned to the Flagstaff area at the end of October. In August, Arizona wildlife officials moved it about 200 miles southeast within the wolf recovery zone established by federal officials. Interstate 40 marks the northern limit of the recovery area.
As part of a 2017 recovery plan, the Arizona Game and Fish Department is required to work with the Fish and Wildlife Service to capture and release any wolves that venture north of the highway.
Federal officials are rewriting regulations in response to lawsuits filed by environmentalists.
Environmentalists often describe borders as arbitrary and political. They argue that Mexican gray wolves belong to the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests of northern Arizona and the Grand Canyon where they have plenty to eat and room to roam.
However, ranchers and some leaders in rural communities in parts of Arizona and New Mexico are concerned that wolves are killing livestock. They say wildlife managers have yet to fix the problem. This is despite efforts to set up diversionary food caches and use horsemen and other means to scare off predators from livestock.
The rarest gray wolf subspecies in North America, the Mexican wolf was listed as endangered in 1976 after being pushed to the brink of extinction.
The population has grown since the first wolves were released in 1998 as part of a reintroduction program. The last annual census found about 186 Mexican wolves in the wild in New Mexico and Arizona, a 14% increase from the previous census.
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