Injured Mexican Wolf Dies on Way to Veterinarian in Arizona

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Arizona Game and Fish Department personnel on the Mexican Wolf Interagency Field Team (IFT) were contacted on Nov. 23 by a member of the public who reported seeing an injured Mexican wolf in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests near Big Lake. The IFT located and observed the wolf the next day by tracking its radio collar signal.  After confirming the wolf was injured, the IFT initiated efforts to capture the animal and evaluate its injury.
On Dec. 3, the IFT captured the wolf and identified it as mp1242, a young male that was born earlier this year into the Bluestem pack. IFT members found that mp1242 had an injured rear leg and was in poor body condition. 

In phone consultation with a veterinarian, Game and Fish personnel attempted to implement life saving measures en route to the vet’s office, but the wolf died of its injuries.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) law enforcement agents have opened an investigation, and the carcass has been sent to the National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory in Ashland, Ore., for necropsy.
The Bluestem pack includes two adults (the breeding pair) and, until this death, possibly three or more pups that were born this year. Two pups from the pack were radio collared earlier this summer.
Mexican wolf reintroduction is a joint effort by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arizona Game and Fish Department, White Mountain Apache Tribe, USDA Forest Service, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service - Wildlife Services, and other stakeholders.The Fort Apache Indian Reservation also plays an integral part in the reintroduction effort.


BikerRN's picture

I am appalled and sickened by

I am appalled and sickened by the waste of taypayer dollars in keeping these vermin alive.

Good riddance is what I say.

cantgetdrawn's picture

The sad thing is Anti's use

The sad thing is Anti's use the fact that millions have been spent as a justification to keep states from managing wolves and to spend millions more of taxpayer $.  Below is "Earthjustice's" online petition, notice the 3rd paragraph. 


I oppose the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's proposal to eliminate federal protections for gray wolves in Wyoming and allow shoot-on-sight killing of wolves in nearly 90 percent of the state.

Any decision to delist wolves must be based on science, not political whims. Until Wyoming has a management plan that will maintain a viable wolf population, Wyoming wolves should remain protected under the Endangered Species Act. Any plan that is not science-based will jeopardize wolf recovery in the entire Northern Rockies region.

I support wolf restoration in the Northern Rockies. The federal government has spent 16 years and millions of dollars to return wolves to the West, but the Wyoming proposal combined with the delisting and hunting of wolves in Idaho and Montana threatens their very survival.

This devastating plan permits wolf hunting in important wildlife corridors and unregulated wolf killing throughout most of Wyoming, virtually isolating wolves to the safety of Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park. It is estimated that nearly half of Wyoming's already struggling wolf population would be killed.

I urge you to develop a better plan for wolves that allows for their full recovery in the region.



Direct Releases in NM

 There are only about 50 Mexican gray wolves
("lobos") in the wilds of New Mexico and Arizona--not enough to ensure
their survival. More than 300 lobos are in captivity, waiting to be
released into the wild as part of a reintroduction program. Releasing
wolves directly into New Mexico--where the best remaining unoccupied
habitat exists--is critical to quickly boosting numbers and gene
diversity in the wild population, but for bureaucratic reasons the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) won't do it, citing an outdated rule
that prevents direct releases into New Mexico. The FWS could easily
change this rule by issuing an Environmental Assessment and putting it
out for public review, but it refuses to do so. Tell the FWS to take
action before it's too late for Mexican wolves.

Please tell US Fish and Wildlife Service: Release Mexican wolves into New Mexico before it's too late. Sign our petition at

cowgal's picture

You've got to be kidding! I

You've got to be kidding! I hope those 300 lobos never get released. So many states are already severely impacted by too many wolves and the destruction of ungulate populations. 

FWS has wasted millions of dollars on restoring wolves that for the most part were unwanted, plus they've been allowed to multiply unchecked. Wyoming needs to get a handle on the wolves, as does Idaho, Montana and other states where moose, elk and deer are being wiped out. 

Bringing the wolves back was a huge & costly mistake.