Defenders of Wildlife issued the following statement on a female Mexican gray wolf sighted crossing Interstate 40, outside of the Mexican Gray Wolf Experimental Population Area. The female, from the Rocky Prairie pack (F2754, also known by the public as Asha), was last documented in the Jemez Mountains near Jemez Springs. This is the second time the female wolf’s travels toward Colorado have illustrated the Mexican gray wolf's ability to thrive outside its arbitrarily designated population area in Arizona and New Mexico.  

“This female’s repeated attempts to move north demonstrate the Mexican gray wolf’s natural inclination to roam,” said Bryan Bird, Defenders of Wildlife Southwest program director. “She is in search of a mate and could soon find one in Colorado. This is a clear sign that wolves will again roam from the northern Rockies in Canada to the Sierra of Mexico if we let them.”  

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