Two gray wolves released into Arizona

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Two Mexican gray wolves have now been released in southeastern Arizona in hopes of keeping the breed alive.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the pair of Mexican gray wolves include a male and a female who were paired in a pen on the Apache National Forest during breeding season.

A second pair held at a wolf center in New Mexico is expected to be released by next week.

Officials say there are at least 83 Mexican gray wolves in the wild in New Mexico and Arizona which is up from 75 last year.