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Mexican gray wolf recaptured soon after release

[large thumbnail url=”mexican-gray-wolf-recaptured-soon-after-release” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”02″ day=”08″] [thumbnail icon url=”mexican-gray-wolf-recaptured-soon-after-release” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”02″ day=”08″] A Mexican gray wolf has been recaptured just days after being released due to an unwillingness to leave human-inhabited areas.

Residents of Nutrioso, Arizona reported seeing the wolf multiple times in their neighborhood, and officials decided that the wolf’s unwillingness to leave a populated area necessitated┬áhis recapture.

The male Mexican gray wolf was introduced in to a recovery area near the Arizona-New Mexico border last week and was recaptured just a few days later, according to officials.

Residents of Nutrioso, Ariz., told federal officials the wolf was seen repeatedly in and around their community since being placed into the forest last week.

Biologists determined that because the wolf was remaining in an area near humans and was not responding to efforts to discourage him, a temporary removal was warranted.

The wolf did not attack any livestock or pets, but seemed unwilling to leave the area.

Officials say that the removal was wise, and they say it represents the department’s┬ádesire to respond quickly to any problem wolves.

The removal is a temporary step and there are plans to attempt the reintroduction again in the future.

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