Posted at: 10/10/2012 5:28 PM
By: Associated Press
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A female Mexican gray wolf wanted for killing too many cows in southwestern New Mexico has been captured.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that trappers finally caught the elusive pack leader and mother of pups on Wednesday. Officials say the wolf will be transported to a holding facility for observation then will be handed over to the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center.
Trappers with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services had been combing the northwestern portion of the Gila National Forest for any signs of the wolf for weeks.
Four cattle deaths linked to the pack happened outside the wolf recovery boundaries within four months, with the most recent one being reported Aug. 1.
Michael Robinson of the Center for Biological Diversity says he was disappointed with the removal.
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