Thursday, July 13, 2006

Gray wolf pack fending for selves in N. Arizona forest


PINETOP-LAKESIDE — A new pack of Mexican gray wolves is now roaming the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. The Arizona Game and Fish Department said Wednesday they brought a male, female and two 3-month-old pups last week to a temporary holding pen about 10 miles southwest of Alpine. Department officials who are tracking the animals said the wolves have since left the pen and appear to be doing well on their own.

The pack joins nine others in eastern Arizona and New Mexico. The department hopes to slowly increase the population of Mexican gray wolves in that region from 24 to 100.

"They would be pretty much self-sustaining if they reach that approximate number," department spokesman Bruce Sitko said.
Sitko said the female wolf was brought in from the Minnesota Zoo. The male came from the Wild Canid Survival and Research Center in Eureka, Mo.

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