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Arizona: Mexico has released 4 wolves into neighboring state of Chihuahua

Mexico has released two pairs of Mexican gray wolves into the wild in an ongoing effort to lift the species out of its endangered status.

According to Arizona state officials, the wolves came from a ranch in New Mexico before they were released into the state of Chihuahua. 

Releases are fairly rare. Mexico has had only 19 since 2011 and there are now 45 wolves in that country. There are 186 Mexican Gray Wolves in the wild north of the border.

Arizona Game and Fish said that by 2020, the Mexican Gray Wolf doubled in population in Mexico and the U.S. over five years.

Earlier this year, two young wolves were shot in Arizona and New Mexico, one fatally. 


Fronteras Desk senior editor Michel Marizco is an award-winning investigative reporter based in Flagstaff.