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KNAU and Arizona News
2:10 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

As Annual Count Begins, Officials Expect Population Growth Among Mexican Wolves

A Mexican gray wolf at the Sevilleta Wolf Management Facility in New Mexico in 2011.
Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The Arizona Game and Fish Department this month will begin its annual count of Mexican gray wolves. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the agency anticipates a growth in the population of the endangered animals.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:41 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Gray Wolf Near Grand Canyon’s North Rim Endured Long, Harrowing Journey

The howling Rocky Mountain gray wolf near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Credit Arizona Game and Fish Department

Officials with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have confirmed that the animal spotted near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon is a gray wolf. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it’s the first of its kind to be seen in the area in more than 70 years.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:00 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Advocacy Groups Sue U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Over Mexican Gray Wolf Plan

A Mexican gray wolf living in captivity at Southwest Wildlife in Scottsdale.
Credit Southwest Wildlife

A coalition of advocacy groups is suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over its Mexican gray wolf reintroduction program in the Southwest. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the suit claims the federal agency has not enacted a plan that fulfills requirements made by federal law.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:13 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Two Mexican Gray Wolves Found Dead in New Mexico

As of January 2014, officials said 83 Mexican gray wolves roamed the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area in eastern Arizona and New Mexico.
Credit LA Times

Last month, two members of a federally protected population of Mexican gray wolves were found dead in New Mexico. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, that makes three confirmed deaths of the endangered species in the last two months.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:04 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Wildlife Officials Tracking Wolf-Like Animal in Flagstaff

This is purportedly the animal officials are searching in Flagstaff near Lake Mary Road. Here it's pictured after its initial capture last week by animal control officers. The animal later escaped from a county facility. Several photos and videos have popped up on social media sites of the animal.
Credit Courtesy of Shawn Williams

Officials are attempting to capture an unidentified wolf-like animal that’s been seen in neighborhoods south of Flagstaff. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it’s the second report of a possible wolf in northern Arizona in as many weeks.

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KNAU and Arizona News
12:04 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Public Comment Period Ending for Gray Wolf Recovery Plan Changes

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's proposed revisions would prevent Mexican gray wolves from spreading north of Interstate-40 in Arizona and New Mexico. The endangered species was reintroduced by the federal agency in 1998.
Credit endangeredwolfcenter.org

Tuesday is the final day to comment on several revisions to the federal Mexican gray wolf reintroduction program. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the changes would keep the endangered animals out of much of northern Arizona.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:34 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Add Two More Species to AZ's Endangered and Threatened Species List

Three Forks springsnails in their natural habitat
Mike Martinez US Fish and Wildlife Service

Arizona is home to dozens of plants and animals that are listed as endangered or threatened.

And the US Fish and Wildlife Service has just added two more.

Federal officials have designated the Three Forks Springsnail as endangered and the San Bernadino springsnail as threatened.