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Posted: Aug 23 2006, 02:17 AM
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - An endangered Mexican gray wolf pup that was released into the wild with its parents earlier this summer has died, according to officials with the wolf reintroduction program.
The male pup, a member of the Meridian Pack, was released in Arizona in June. Officials said it was with its parents on July 14, but evidence was found days later that it was dead.
Other members of the pack injured a dog later in July and were hazed by the program field team to keep them away from homes.
Officials reported two other depredation cases in July. A male wolf, probably from the Granite Pack, killed a calf in New Mexico and two Luna Pack yearlings were blamed for another depredation.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service began releasing wolves into the wild on the Arizona-New Mexico border in 1998 to re-establish the species in part of its historic range. Many ranchers have been vocal opponents of the effort because of livestock depredation.