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Plan calls for releasing 2 Mexican wolf pairs in Arizona

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Wildlife managers are planning to release two pairs of
Mexican gray wolves in Arizona, but efforts are also underway to capture a wolf
in New Mexico.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Arizona Game and Fish Department
outlined their release plan Friday, saying the pairs will boost the population’s
genetic diversity.

After being captured in January, the two male wolves from the wild were paired
with two captive females. The pairs are being watched for breeding behavior and
will be released in the spring prior to giving birth.

Federal officials also plan to remove one of the predators from southwestern
New Mexico. Officials say an uncollared wolf with the Fox Mountain pack has been
involved in several livestock kills.

Environmentalists are criticizing the removal order.


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