Recently, Mexican grey wolf “Asha” was released into NM on I-40—the US Fish and Wildlife Service removed her from the wild, and brought her to their facility for an unestimated period of time. This event is causing a disrupt in the conservation efforts to save the Mexican grey wolf. Any other wolves that travel north of I-40 will be relocated just as Asha was. Conservationists were infuriated to hear this news. Many of the “for-Asha” teams contrubuted in helping her make her peaceful journey across northern New Mexico.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service plan to pair Asha with a male of her species and then release the couple into the wild. Mexican grey wolf support teams agencies express their concern for the disrupt in this plan. Chris Smith—a wildlife advocate states “First they capture her when she’s doing exactly what a wolf does. Now they are shipping her to Mexico. Why?”
The Mexican grey wolf is a protected animal under the Endangered Species Act—which means that killing one is a fine of $25,000-$50,000 and up to one year in jail. Because of the situation, recovery efforts for Mexican grey wolves have been interrupted.