Arizona biologists collected this unidentified canine’s scat and sent it to a lab for DNA analysis. And now the results are in. This is a female Rocky Mountain gray wolf roaming in the area just north of the Grand Canyon. Efforts to capture her and replace her non-functioning radio collar have been unsuccessful but will continue. Meanwhile, naturalists everywhere are celebrating her status as the first wolf in Arizona in more than 70 years. She’s protected under the Endangered Species Act, but that may not keep her safe from ranchers and hunters.
(See earlier story, “Is this a gray wolf?“)