Two Mexican wolf pairs released into Apache National Forest

Exposing the Big Game

Sunday, 06 April 2014 Written by YNN

Phoenix, Arizona – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AGFD) will release a pair of Mexican wolves today and another pair next week into the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area of Arizona.


The pair being released Wednesday, consists of male 1290 (M1290) and female 1218 (F1218). The male was captured during the annual wolf population survey in January and paired with the female in a pen on the Apache National Forest. The wolves were held in the enclosure through the breeding season, which occurs in February and March.

The second pair, M1249 and F1126, will be released next week into the primary recovery zone in the Apache National Forest. M1249 was also captured during the annual wolf population survey. The pair has been held through the breeding season at the Sevilleta Wolf Management Facility in…

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  1. Hi Sharon. I saw this shared on FB yesterday. Theoretically, it’s wonderful, except when you figure that Arizona, like NM, is chock-full of gun-toting A**holes who would love to add a wolf to their bag of kills. I recently heard about the appalling number of wolves that have been killed in some western state (I forget which), and it just breaks my heart. I’d almost rather they didn’t “come back” if all the future holds in store for them is a second extermination.

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