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Mexican gray wolf in Ariz. relocated to New Mexico

PHOENIX (AP) — Federal authorities have removed a male Mexican gray wolf from a pack in eastern Arizona and relocated him to a service facility in New Mexico.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials said Friday that the wolf from the Paradise Pack was darted in a helicopter operation before being transported in a non-lethal removal process.

Officials initially authorized the capture last month, saying several livestock kills were linked to two alpha wolves in the pack — a male and a female.

Efforts to capture those wolves were put on hold during the recent government shutdown.

The Mexican wolf was added to the federal endangered species list in 1976.

The 15-year effort to reintroduce them in New Mexico and Arizona has stumbled due to legal battles, illegal shootings, politics and other problems.

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