The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AGFD) are releasing two pairs of Mexican wolves back into the wild.
On April 2 they released M1290 and F1218 into the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area in Arizona. The second pair, M1249 and F1126, will be released next week into the primary zone of recovery in Apache National Forest.
The male wolves were captured during the annual wolf population survey. The females were selected from captive populations with intent to increase the genetic diversity of wild populations. Both pairs of wolves were held in captivity through the breeding season (February and March). Both females are believed to be pregnant.
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