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Gray wolf faces new challenge: National Academies of Sciences review

Is a Mexican gray wolf just another wolf, or is it a distinct – and endangered – breed of its own? The long-running fight over the Mexican gray wolf moved from Southeast Arizona to a paneled Washington conference room last week, where scientists will try to answer the question that could determine the animal’s fate.... Read more»

Adrenaline-fueled count shows scant growth in Mexican gray wolf population

The Mexican gray wolf once was prevalent in parts of the Southwest, but intensive trapping and hunting had nearly wiped out the wolves by the 1970s. A program to reintroduce the wolves into the wild began 20 years ago, and the population has been growing slowly.... Read more»

Environmentalists face uphill battle over proposed border wall

As the bidding war for the construction of President Donald Trump’s wall comes to a close, many environmental activists remain concerned over the potential impact it will have on wildlife and ecology on the border.... Read more»

Howling success could be latest threat for gray wolves

Populations of endangered Mexican gray wolves have reached their highest numbers since reintroduction efforts began nearly 20 years ago, but rather than cheer the success, environmentalists are worried it could backfire on the struggling animals.... Read more»

Reintroduced Mexican gray wolves top 100 for first time

From the 1970s until 1998, not a single Mexican gray wolf roamed the Southwest. Now there are more 100 of them in Arizona and New Mexico, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Friday.... Read more»

Feds confirm Grand Canyon wolf shot in December

The wolf shot and killed by a hunter in Utah in late December was the same animal who had been spotted near the Grand Canyon — the first wolf seen in that part of Northern Arizona in 70 years. Federal officials announced the results of genetic testing Wednesday.... Read more»

Endangered Mexican gray wolves get room to roam

Biologists recently conducted an annual count of Mexican gray wolves in southern New Mexico. Some 300 of the endangered animals are in that state and New Mexico, and officials recently enlarged the area in which they are free to live.... Read more»5

Grand Canyon wolf may have been shot in Utah

A hunter in Utah shot and killed a wolf in Utah on Sunday, and has said he mistook the animal for a coyote. The canine may be the female wolf recently spotted near the Grand Canyon — the first wolf seen in that part of Northern Arizona in 70 years.... Read more»2

Enviros: Federal plan to expand Mexican gray wolf territory not enough

Under the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's plan, the endangered Mexican gray wolf would have a lot more room to roam in Arizona and New Mexico. That is, as long as it doesn’t cross Interstate 40. Representatives of two conservation groups said the plan doesn't go far enough. ... Read more»1

Exclusive: Tourists video Grand Canyon wolf

A pair of tourists from Virginia captured the female wolf roaming the North Rim last month — with their video camera. A cross-country road trip found the two with a rare sighting: a wolf trotting alongside their car as they left the Grand Canyon. Officials confirmed that the animal is that same wolf spotted by others in the area.... Read more»

Feds confirm gray wolf is roaming north of Grand Canyon

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials announced Friday that they've got the straight poop on an animal seen near the Grand Canyon, confirming that a gray wolf from the Northern Rockies is making a home near the North Rim. While biologists were unable to capture the wolf for testing, DNA analysis of the wolf's scat showed that she is a member of the endangered species. ... Read more»3

Feds OK capturing, testing possible endangered wolf near Grand Canyon

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued an emergency permit Thursday allowing researchers to capture and conduct DNA testing on a creature seen near the Grand Canyon that resembles a gray wolf.... Read more»

Enviros: Gray wolf sighted near Grand Canyon

What appears to be a gray wolf was recently photographed roaming on Forest Service land near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in what would be the first wolf sighting at the park since the 1940s, the Center for Biological Diversity said Thursday.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Udall: Gray wolf delisting not sound science

Forty-six years ago in 1967, my father Stewart Udall — as Secretary of Interior — issued the first endangered species list under the Endangered Species Preservation Act. His list included such great American icons as the timber wolf, red wolf, bald eagle, grizzly bear, American alligator, and the peregrine falcon.... Read more»4