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Mexican Wolf Released Into Forest Last Week Is Recaptured

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Wolf was remaining in an area near humans and not responding to efforts to discourage him

Federal wildlife biologists say they have recaptured a male Mexican wolf that was released last week into a recovery area on the Arizona-New Mexico border.

Residents of Nutrioso, Ariz., told federal officials the wolf was seen repeatedly in and around their community since being placed into the forest last week. Biologists determined that because the wolf was remaining in an area near humans and not responding to efforts to discourage him, a temporary removal was warranted.

No pets or livestock were harmed while the wolf was in the area.

Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Director Benjamin Tuggle said the wolf’s recapture demonstrates the agency’s commitment to act quickly to address problems. He said the wolf’s removal is not a setback because it’s not considered a permanent removal.

 

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