In Albuquerque NM, a Mexican grey wolf was reported crossing over the boarder towards the more northern areas of the states. The US Fish and Wildlife Service said that the members of the species recovery area have not informed ranchers of the lone female—but she has not posed a threat to the safety of people or livestock. The issue with wolf reintroduction is the conflict between wolves and ranchers. The livestock owners say that the wolves are a threat to their cattle.
The female has been seen crossing the area of Interstate 40 in the state of New Mexico; and wildlife officials continue to inform livestock owners and individuals that the Mexican grey wolf is protected under the Endangered Species Act—and that is a violation of federal law to hunt or kill them unless they are a threat to human safety. Only a few wolves that have crossed over the area where this female did have been collared. The last known collared wolf other than the female was in 2015.
The Mexican grey wolf is the rarest species of grey wolf in North America—and one of the most studied. In the wild, there only remain about 197 Mexican grey wolves; in Arizona and New Mexico. Another female wolf just like this one was on the same journey—although, she was found dead after covering the same land. Wildlife conservationists are fighting to halt the capturing of wolves who wander around Interstate 40. The Mexican grey wolf was even given a name by schoolchildren. Aside from her original name (f2754) a child won the pup-naming contest—and her name is now “Asha”.
Wish her luck on her journey!