Wandering Mexican wolf recaptured

Wildlife officials are pairing the wolf with a mate in captivity

Wildlife officials captured a Mexican wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) that wandered beyond the recovery area. It was the female wolf’s second venture outside the repopulation area. The New Mexico Game and Fish Department captured wolf F2754, nicknamed Asha, on Dec. 9, near the town of Coyote, N.M. She has been paired with another wolf in captivity in the hopes of increasing the population.

“By pairing her with a carefully selected mate in captivity, we are hoping she will breed and have pups this spring,” Brady McGee, a Mexican Wolf Recovery Coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, told the Arizona Republic. “The best outcome for her is to be released back into the wild, where she and her offspring can contribute to Mexican wolf recovery.”

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Header Image: A remote camera shows female wolf F2754 in a captive breeding facility in March 2023. Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service