Two pairs of Mexican wolves are to be released in Arizona and New Mexico, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service announced that a Wildlife Services agent shot and killed a wolf. The shooting happened back in January, but was not made public at the time.
Michael Robinson, conservation advocate at the Center for Biological Diversity, says while he is pleased about the announcement of the release of two pairs of Mexican wolves, he has overall reservations about how the program is being run.
Robinson says releases such as those currently scheduled for Arizona and New Mexico are necessary, but not nearly sufficient to protect the genetic integrity of the wolf population. Only a single wolf has been released from the captive breeding pool since 2008.