Conserving the Nature of America
Press Release
Escaped wolf recaptured in Colorado
Endangered animal getting evaluated

December 20, 2018

Contact(s):

Mark Davis, 404-679-7291, mark_r_davis@fws.gov

Aislinn Maestas, 505-248-6599, aislinn_maestas@fws.gov



Divide, Colorado – A Mexican wolf that escaped a compound last month has been recaptured and returned to captivity, officials announced this week.

The young male wolf was recaptured Dec. 11. It had an injury on its right leg which was unrelated to the capture. Veterinarians with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) are assessing the animal.  The wolf is in good health but will require additional treatment in the future.

Biologists found the wolf about 10 miles north of the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, from which it escaped Nov. 11. Based on its tracks and observations, it had ranged as far as 40 miles northwest of the site.

The Service, as well as the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Wildlife Services, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and the wolf center helped in a supportive role to capture the wolf. They credited public sightings, too.

A yearling, the wolf got out of its enclosure after a snowstorm, leaving two littermates behind. The trio of wolves is part of a wolf-breeding program designed to increase the number of the endangered creatures.  The wildlife center is one of a few sanctuaries in the United States with AZA certification. It’s one of a handful of facilities where the wolves are reared to help promote the species’ survival.

About the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work, visit www.fws.gov.

About AZA

Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, animal welfare, education, science, and recreation. AZA is the accrediting body for the top zoos and aquariums in the United States and eight other countries. Look for the AZA accreditation logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. The AZA is a leader in saving species and your link to helping animals all over the world. To learn more, visit www.aza.org.

About the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center

The Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center is one of very few sanctuaries in the United States which has been certified by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). With this title we are able to go beyond education and into application. CWWC actively participates in the Species Survival Program by providing a home to Mexican Grey Wolves and Swift Foxes. CWCC is a member in good standing with the AZA, having last gone through a stringent certification process in 2007. For more information, visit http://www.wolfeducation.org/

About USDA Wildlife Services

The mission of Wildlife Services is to protect agricultural, natural and property resources and human health and safety from wildlife damage.  Our involvement in wolf management prevents livestock depredation and increases human tolerance for wildlife species. We are also work with our partners to aid in threatened and endangered species recovery. For more information, visit https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/wildlifedamage/sa_program_overview


The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.

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