On June 7, 2023, a female Mexican dog was properly reintroduced into the outdoors in Arizona. In January, a female wolf named 2754 was captured in northern New Mexico and is currently being held at the Sevilleta Mexican Wolf Management Facility( Service ) of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.
In 2021, a female dog named 2754 was born in the Rocky Prairie group in Arizona. In the fall of 2022, she was apprehended and fitted with a wireless neck. In January 2023, she left her natal pack later that year and crossed the Mexican Wolf Experimental Population Area( MWEPA ) north of Interstate 40. Before being finally apprehended close to Taos, New Mexico, she traveled more than 500 yards. At the time, the decision to return this savage to the MWEPA followed the guidelines in the Service’s Recovery Permit. Additionally, there was no chance for female wolf 2754 to reproduce and aid in the restoration of Hispanic wolves because there weren’t any other pack animals nearby.
She was taken to the Service’s Sevilleta hospital after being captured, where she was paired with a man in the hopes of breeding and giving birth to puppies this spring. Based on possible genetic contributions to the wild groups, she chose her new girlfriend.
Initially, it was intended to release 2754, her mate, and their pups in Mexico to aid in the treatment of the most southern wild Mexican wolf population, or to the MWEPA, where they could assist in giving the U.S. exotic population a biological boost. The decision was made to launch her again to Arizona alone rather than transfer her to Mexico after the new couple failed to reproduce.
Adult dog 2754 was released into the Apache National Forest in eastern Arizona by employees from the Arizona Game and Fish Department in collaboration with the Service. She’ll still be under stereo neck surveillance.