Defenders of Wildlife today voiced deep concern regarding the capture of a female Mexican gray wolf, known locally as Asha, who has repeatedly shown a great desire for dispersal. The FWS will attempt to breed Asha to restrict her movement upon rerelease into the wild. 

“This wolf posed no threat to anyone,” said Bryan Bird, Defenders’ Southwest program director. “She should be allowed to roam, to seek her own destiny. Wolves will naturally repopulate their historic range and we should be facilitating that instinct and preparing the way with facts and common-sense activities.” 

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish air lifted the Mexican gray wolf F-2754from Coyote, New Mexico to Sevilleta Wolf Management Facility where agency officials paired her with a captive-bred male in hopes of a litter by summer 2024. Asha left the Mexican Wolf Experimental Population Area for the second time in October 2023 and was captured more than 300 miles north in an area conservationists deem suitable habitat.  

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