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Mexican Wolf Recovery Project – Captive Management in October 2005
Southwest Region, October 26, 2005
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Reestablishment in the wild of genetically, physically, and behaviorally suitable Mexican wolves (an endangered species), is a cornerstone of having a successful Mexican gray wolf reintroduction program. 

Two Mexican wolves, that made up the Pipestem Pack, were removed due to depredations and retired into captivity.  Because they are no longer considered release candidates, they were taken to the Albuquerque International Airport on October 21, 2005.  They were shipped to New York where they will reside at the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem.

On October 26, 2005, a male and a female wolf were captured at the Wild Canid Center in Eureka, MO, and Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, NY, respectively.  The two were shipped to the Albuquerque International Airport, taken to the Sevilleta Wolf Management Facility in NM, and released into adjacent pens. Once these wolves recover from the transfer and acclimate to the area, a runway between the pens will be opened to allow them to pair.  The purpose is the potential future release of these two wolves to the wild.

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov
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