Arizona officials say a fostered pup introduced to a pack of Mexican gray wolves in 2014 has produced a wild offspring of her own.
The female wolf was fostered into the den of the Dark Canyon Pack in the Gila National Forest in Western New Mexico.
Assistant Director Jim deVos of the Arizona Game and Fish Department says the development demonstrates that fostering Mexican wolves so they grow up wild can work and represents a step forward for wolf recovery.
The federal government is under court order to update its recover plan for the Mexican gray wolf, which has struggled to regain a foothold in the Southwest.
This article was published in the Santa Fe New Mexican