Federal employees confirmed Wednesday that an animal killed by another federal employee in southwestern New Mexico in January was a Mexican gray wolf.
In January, an employee with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services shot what officials described at the time as a “canine.” The employee reported the shooting because the animal looked like a Mexican wolf after closer inspection.
Federal employees have been tight-lipped about the January shooting, but implied he may have thought it was a coyote.
The wolf was shot from about 250 yards.
The Mexican gray wolf was added to the federal endangered species list in 1976. Efforts to reintroduce the wolves in New Mexico and Arizona have stumbled due to legal battles, illegal shootings, and other problems.