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Mexican gray wolves form 2 new packs in American Southwest

As Tom Buckley tells it, the Mexican gray wolf recovery program in Arizona and New Mexico has suffered some rotten luck in recent years.At last count, some 58 wolves remained in the wild in those two states, scattered across millions of forested acres in southwestern New Mexico and southeastern Arizona. Predictably, some of the animals have been poached by local hunters and ranchers, but their numbers have been further reduced by some freakish events:

One choked on a cow’s ear tag, and another was struck by lightning, said Buckley, a spokesman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

But this week brings some good news for the Mexican gray wolf, which is included on the list of federally protected species: Two new wolf packs have been formed, bringing the number of packs to 14 throughout the American Southwest…

Read the entire article on latimes.com: Mexican gray wolves form 2 new packs in American Southwest

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