Mexican gray wolf

Mexican gray wolf.

ARIZONA - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners are offering a combined reward of up to $37,000 for information leading to an arrest in connection with the suspicious deaths of two endangered Mexican gray wolves near Pinetop, Arizona.

Wildlife managers recovered the bodies of the wolves off Porter Mountain Road in the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest on March 22 and 23, 2020. If anyone saw a vehicle that was stopped or driving slowly off the Porter Mountain Road in the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest or has any information that could be helpful in finding the person(s) responsible for the deaths of these wolves, please contact the Arizona Game and Fish Department at 1-800-352-0700, or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 1-844-FWS-TIPS (397-8477). Persons reporting information may remain anonymous.

“Each of these endangered wolves deserves a chance to survive in the wild,” said Amy Lueders, Regional Director for the Service in Albuquerque, New Mexico. “Our law enforcement officers are actively working with the Arizona Game and Fish Department to conduct a comprehensive investigation into these suspicious deaths. These investigations are extensive, and wolf poachers have faced, and will continue to face, serious criminal consequences.”

The Mexican Wolf Reintroduction Project is a cooperative effort administered by seven co-lead agencies: Arizona Game and Fish Department, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, White Mountain Apache Tribe, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA Wildlife Services, U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

These agencies function as an adaptive management oversight committee. This management approach provides opportunities for participation by local governments, non-governmental organizations and individuals from all segments of the public.

More introduction regarding the Service’s Mexican wolf recovery effort is available here: https://www.fws.gov/southwest/es/mexicanwolf/.

More information about how to report wildlife crime can be found here: https://www.fws.gov/refuges/lawEnforcement/report-wildlife-crimes.php.

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(5) comments

xpdsniper

Likely a rancher puting invasive species above native.

Bob Smith

My guess as well. The sooner the darn cows are out of the forest the better for everyone!

Russ_in_WML

Scrap the wolf

NavajoThunder

Meanwhile, Michael Sattinger, a human being, was brutally murdered two years ago and there's only a $10,000 reward for his killer.

Lshinn

The reward for these innocent animals being murdered should be higher!!! And the penalty severe!!! Humans are not the only species on the planet and the other species (that do far less damage to the planet) deserve space to live as well!!! There are WAY TOO MANY of the virus called human on the planet.....and far too few of the other species mostly due to human activity!!! Humankind needs to recognize we are merely guests on this planet and we need to be better guests then we currently are!!! These innocent animals NEED to be protected.....by humans....FROM humans.

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