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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»

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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»

Enviros, ranchers trade barbs in killing of Mexican gray wolf

Environmentalists and ranchers are pointing fingers after government agents killed an endangered Mexican gray wolf last month for preying on cattle, the first wolf killed for depredation in 10 years.... 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»

Protect wolves or hunt them? Western states are in the crosshairs

As gray wolves multiply and come off endangered species lists in Western states, a new problem has emerged: Packs of wolves are harassing ranchers, their sheep and cattle. And states are trying to walk the line between the ranchers, who view the animals as an economic and physical menace, and environmentalists, who see their reintroduction as a success story.... Read more»

U.S. population of endangered Mexican gray wolves declined in 2015

The southwestern U.S. population of endangered Mexican gray wolves declined by 12 percent last year after five years of steady growth, leading wildlife advocates to suggest that illegal killings of the beleaguered predators may be to blame. ... Read more»

State files motion to intervene in lawsuit over wolf recovery program

The state has filed a motion to involve itself in a lawsuit in which environmental groups allege that federal officials are failing to abide by the Endangered Species Act and environmental and administrative laws in a recovery plan for Mexican gray wolves.... 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

Germany has a serious wolf problem and no one knows what to do about it

Since the year 2000 the number of wolf packs in Germany has mushroomed from two to more than 30. Wolves have killed some 350 farm animals across Germany during the past five years. Some farmers claim fear is stopping their sheep from breeding.... Read more»2

7 important stories you may have missed while celebrating Thanksgiving

The news doesn't stop just because you're eating turkey and sneaking leftovers.... Read more»

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

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