Good news. The population of reintroduced Mexican gray wolves in Arizona and New Mexico has been increasing and the wolves are now at 75 animals, 20 of which are pups.
The population is the highest it has been in the 14 years since the wolves were reintroduced into the Southwest. At the end of 2011, the count stood at 58. The higher number is a good sign and indicates at least three pairs of mating wolves out of 13 known packs.
There are activists that now want the Fish and Wildlife Service to release other Mexican gray wolves they hold in captivity to join the 75 free-roaming animals, but the service will continue to keep some of the wolves in captivity at this time.