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4-year-old Mexican wolf released in Arizona forest

PHOENIX — Authorities say a male Mexican gray wolf recently released in
east-central Arizona’s Apache Sitgreaves National Forest is doing well.

Arizona Game and Fish Department officials say the 4-year-old wolf is replacing
the Bluestem pack’s alpha male found dead last July and determined to be
illegally killed.

The Mexican Wolf Reintroduction Project’s interagency field team did survey
work before last week’s release to ensure no other male wolf had paired with the
Bluestem pack’s alpha female.

The release was timed to coincide with normal early-season breeding activities.

The Mexican gray wolf was added to the federal endangered species list in 1976
after it was nearly wiped out by government trapping and poisoning designed to
help cattle ranchers.

The federal government began a reintroduction effort in 1998 in Arizona and New
Mexico.

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