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Critically Endangered Mexican Gray Wolf Released into Arizona Wild -
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"On Wednesday, January 16, a four-year-old Mexican gray wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) named M1133 took the first careful steps out of his crate into Arizona’s Apache National Forest, near the New Mexico border. It was the first time he had ever been in the wild. Officials with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the Arizona Game and Fish Department hope that the captive-bred M1133 will now join the seven-member Bluestem wolf pack, whose alpha male was illegally killed by a hunter in 2012. If he breeds with the pack’s alpha female—who has not yet taken a new mate—it could bring a vital element of genetic diversity to a small group." -
"Unfortunately, the animals have not done exceptionally well in the wild— mostly because of humans. Five of the first 11 reintroduced wolves died in 1998—four were illegally shot and one died after a vehicle collision. The highest mortality rate was in 2008 when 13 wolves died. More recently, eight wolves were killed in 2011: three were shot, two were struck by vehicles and three more died of natural causes. Four wolves were killed in 2012, including three that were illegally shot and a fourth whose cause of death is still under investigation." -
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