SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) – Two endangered Mexican gray wolves are targeted for removal from the Gila National Forest in southwestern New Mexico.
The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service authorized the trapping of the wolves because the Aspen pack has killed a horse and five cows since January.
Officials are hoping that by removing the pack’s alpha male and his yearling, the pack’s behavior will change.
Unlike past orders, this removal order calls for the animals to be taken alive.
Michael Robinson of the Center for Biological Diversity criticized the removal order.
He says the Aspen pair is genetically vital to the reintroduction program.
Federal biologists began releasing wolves on the Arizona-New Mexico border in 1998 to re-establish the species in part of its historic range.