DIVIDE – Some great news from officials from the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service and USDA Wildlife Services. After weeks of trying to find a missing young Mexican Grey Wolf that escaped the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center (CWWC) near Divide, on November 11th, the animal is now captured and being cared for.
The male wolf and two littermates arrived earlier the center in the morning and were released into the enclosure. Later that evening, the staff noticed that the wolf was missing. They contacted authorities who immediately initiated efforts to trap the animal.
Mexican wolves are protected as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Harming or killing a Mexican wolf is illegal unless it is in defense of a person’s life or the lives of others.
The escaped wolf is still young, having been born in a facility in 2017. He was never considered to be a threat to human health or public safety. Subsequent to the reintroduction of Mexican wolves to the wild, wolf-human interactions have occurred but there have been no wolf attacks on humans.