November 19, 2003
Wolf Was Shot, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Says
The Associated Press
SILVER CITY One of the five endangered Mexican gray wolves recently found dead had been shot, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said.
The body of the 6-year-old alpha female of the Saddle Pack was found Sept. 15 in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in Arizona. The wolf was released into the wild in January 2001 as part of the federal agency's wolf recovery program in southwestern New Mexico and southeastern Arizona.
Officials are awaiting results of necropsies conducted on the other four wolves. The service has been investigating the deaths of the wolves, which were killed over a two-week period in September.
Three of the wolves were found dead in the Gila Wilderness and Silver City areas. It was not immediately clear where the other wolf was found. A message was left seeking more information from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Tuesday night.
The necropsies were not immediately completed because the service has only one person who does analyses of suspicious wildlife deaths in the United States, said Colleen Buchanan, assistant wolf recovery coordinator at the service's wolf recovery program.