Feds: Mexican gray wolf found dead in Arizona

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Federal wildlife officials are investigating the death of a Mexican gray wolf.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Friday in a monthly briefing that the animal was found dead in Arizona.

The male wolf was a member of the Elk Horn Pack, but the agency did not provide any details other than to say the wolf's carcass was found within the Blue Range recovery area.

They say the case is under investigation.

Efforts to reintroduce the predators to parts of New Mexico and Arizona have been hampered over the years by illegal shootings, among other things.

The most recent survey - done last January - showed there were at least 83 Mexican wolves in the wild in New Mexico and Arizona.

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