The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service killed M1130, a male Mexican wolf, in Catron County after several incidents involving people and residences, according to a memorandum written by Benjamin Tuggle, director of the Southwest Region.
Although just released back into the wild April 21 from captivity at Sevilleta’s Wolf Management Facility, the captive-bred M1130 was exhibiting escalating nuisance behavior, including increasing activity near residents and neighborhoods in Catron County.
As a result, the Mexican Wolf Interagency Field Team, or IFT, was given permission to try to remove him from the wild. Authorized capture methods included trapping, darting and lethal take. The IFT had several traps set and made multiple attempts to dart the animal. However, these efforts failed and IFT implemented lethal take.
Several incidents were documented in the memo.