Flagstaff, Ariz.

An endangered Mexican gray wolf known as “Anubis” (m2520) was illegally shot and killed in Arizona last weekend. His death, on Kaibab National Forest land is currently under federal investigation.

Bryan Bird, Southwest program director at Defenders of Wildlife issued the following statement:

"The killing of Anubis, a Mexican gray wolf, is another tragic reminder that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service needs to expand the recovery area for this species to include Grand Canyon National Park. The surrounding wilderness is the perfect habitat for Mexican gray wolves. As the species continues to recover, conservation and coexistence must be a priority."

Mexican gray wolves are protected under the Endangered Species Act. Killing one is a violation of the federal Endangered Species Act and can result in criminal and civil fines of up to $50,000 and jail time.

Mexican Gray Wolf stare
2013.06.28 - Mexican Gray Wolf Stare - Wolf Conservation Center

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