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Northern Arizona’s Mexican Gray Wolf “Anubis” Killed West Of Flagstaff

A popular Mexican Gray wolf, who was seen around Flagstaff in recent years, was found fatally shot west of Flagstaff back on January 2nd. “Anubis” was tagged after being seen roaming around areas north of Interstate-40 back in October. Last summer, “Anubis” was taken to the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, only to find his way back. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the wolf was illegally shot on the Kaibab National Forest. Emily Renn, Executive Director of the Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project says, “Anubis filled us with the hope that wolves will keep coming back to the excellent habitat of the Grand Canyon region. I am grateful for the time knowing he was in the forests nearby.” “Anubis” traveled from western New Mexico to Northern Arizona last year and was captured and tagged with a pink tracking collar to research his life. The Mexican Gray Wolf has been on the endangered species list since 1976. Killing a Mexican wolf is a violation of the Federal Endangered Species Act and can result in criminal penalties of up to $50-thousand, and/or up to one year in jail, plus a potential civil penalty of up to $25-thousand. The incident is under investigation.

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