The Mexican wolf is the rarest subspecies of gray wolf in North America. Once common throughout portions of the southwestern United States,
the Mexican wolf was all but eliminated from the wild by the 1970s. In 1977, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service initiated efforts to conserve
the species. In 1998, Mexican wolves were released to the wild for the first time in the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area. Missing from the
landscape for more than 30 years, the howl of the Mexican wolf can once again be heard in the mountains of the southwestern United States.
Photo Courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
In mid-May, the Coronado alpha female (AF) 1126 and her four pups were transported from the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area to the Sevilleta Wolf Management Facility.
Within several hours, AF1126 moved all four pups from a den-box to a natural den in the enclosure. Two days later, male Mexican wolf M1051 was introduced into the
enclosure with AF1126 and her pups. M1051 is AF1126's previous mate from 2013. After M1051 entered the enclosure with AF1126, the two wolves greeted each other and
AF1126 quickly adjusted to having M1051 near the den area. For the next two weeks, the pups remained in the den. AF1126 was observed frequently entering the den to
care for pups, while M1051 was observed patrolling the enclosure, resting near the den entrance and interacting with AF1126. On June 3rd, wolf project staff observed
all four pups near the den entrance interacting with both adult wolves. The pups have also been observed investigating the enclosure with M1051. If this newly formed
pack continues to do well, it is slated for translocation into the Gila Wilderness Area in New Mexico early this summer.