Friday, October 12, 2012

Wanted Mexican gray wolf captured in Gila National Forest

A female Mexican gray wolf wanted for killing too many cows in southwestern New Mexico was captured Wednesday following an extensive search, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced. The agency said that federal trappers finally caught the elusive pack leader and mother of pups and was listed and found to be in good condition. In a statement, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regional spokesman Tom Buckley said the wolf will be transported to a holding facility for observation then will be handed over to the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center. Trappers with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services had been combing the northwestern portion of the Gila National Forest for any signs of the wolf for weeks. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service initially issued an order in early August to shoot the alpha female of the Fox Mountain Pack. A few days after issuing the lethal order, the agency rescinded it, calling instead for the animal to be trapped and removed from the wild. The Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center offered to take the wolf into captivity. The center is a participating member of the Mexican Wolf Species Survival Plan and currently houses other wolves for the program. Four cattle deaths linked to the pack happened outside the wolf recovery boundaries within four months, with the most recent one being reported Aug. 1...more

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