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Updated Jun 12, 2013 - 4:22 pm

Feds decide not to release wolves in Arizona

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It’s back to captivity for a pair of Mexican gray
wolves that federal wildlife managers had planned to release in Arizona’s Apache
National Forest.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Wednesday that the male and female
wolves will not be released.

The pair had been transported from a captive breeding facility in New Mexico to
southeastern Arizona in late April. The wolves have spent the last six weeks in
a temporary pen so they could acclimate to their new surroundings.

Officials say the female was pregnant at the time of the relocation but the
pups did not survive.

Another pack of wild wolves also acted aggressively toward the pair, suggesting
that the release might prompt a battle over territory.

Officials say they will look for another opportunity to release the pair.

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