Posted: Jul 18, 2012 2:56 PM
PHOENIX (AP) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating the death of a Mexican gray wolf in eastern Arizona.
An agency spokesman says the carcass of an adult male gray wolf from the Bluestem Pack was found July 6 west of Big Lake in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.
Details about how the wolf died weren't available Wednesday. The carcass has been sent to a forensics laboratory in Oregon for examination.
Fish and Wildlife officials say the wolf was first released into Arizona's Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area in 2006. They say it's the third documented death of a Mexican wolf in that recovery area this year.
There are at least 58 such wolves in the wild in Arizona and New Mexico since the federal government began a reintroduction effort in 1998.
Click here to submit a news tip to us!
Become a Facebook Fan!
Help those in need this holiday season
Win! Win! Win!
Wise Local Marketing!
Get news, weather and more on your smartphone and tablet!
Get texts for news, traffic, deals and more!
Sign up on KVOA.com for newsletters, exclusive deals, and more!
What's happening on News 4 @ 4
Stories and videos with Kristi's Kids
Check out the latest events FC Tucson has scheduled.
Let us help grow your business
Digital Channel 4.2
What's on KVOA and when!
Contact info for our department heads
KVOA's on air personalities!
Work at News 4 Tucson
Complete feeds of all KVOA.com stories
FCC Public File of Records, Reports, and More