Mexican wolf wanders far beyond introduction area

U.S. wildlife managers are tracking it but have no immediate plan for capture

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is tracking a Mexican wolf that has wandered over 100 miles past its recovery area, but officials say they have no immediate plans to capture it. The female wolf, known as F2754, is part of a population of Mexican gray wolves (Canis lupus baileyi) first reintroduced into Arizona and New Mexico 25 years ago. Interstate 40 was considered the northern boundary of the wolves’ recovery area, but this wolf—nicknamed Asha—has wandered hundreds of miles from its home range. It’s not the first time. Last winter, biologists captured and relocated the wolf after it set out across the landscape. 
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Header Image: Female Mexican wolf 2754 is shown receiving a health check and being fitted with a new collar before being released back into the wild. Credit: Mexican Wolf Interagency Field Team