“This was a horrific loss of a Mexican gray wolf and the perpetrator deserves far more than a slap on the hand,”
Mexican gray wolf mp1385 was born in the wild in 2014 and weighed 25 pounds on Sept. 7 of that year. At that time, he was radio collared, vaccinated and released in good health, according to a wolf capture data sheet. The wolf was found dead in February 2015 in Gila National Forest. Courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
A Mexican gray wolf identified as mp1385 had a lot working against him.
As a threatened species, the nearly year-old male pup faced the same issues that have long challenged Mexican gray wolves in a decades-old reintroduction program in southwestern New Mexico and southeastern Arizona: an uncertainty over food, problems associated with inbreeding, the occasional car accident, poaching.
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