Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Mexican Wolf Pack Being Prepared for Reintroduction in Arizona.(New Mexico)

Byline: Tania Soussan Journal Staff Writer

A pack of endangered Mexican gray wolves was moved to an acclimation pen in Arizona earlier this month the first of several wolf releases planned for this year.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other agencies have been reintroducing the wolves since 1998 to the forests of southeastern Arizona in an attempt to re-establish a wild population. Wolves also have been re-released in southwestern New Mexico.

The Mexican gray wolf was once hunted to the brink of extinction.

The new family group of six wolves, named the Saddle Pack, includes a male born at the Rio Grande Zoo in 1998, a female bred in captivity and four of their pups, Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman Victoria Fox said Tuesday. …

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