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Fish and Wildlife Service had signed 'an order to shoot the wolf, which was accused of killing too many cows, but rescinded
the order'after SWCC stepped in. This is the first time since 2007 that the agency planned to kill a wolf because of predatory attacks on wildlife. ' (The rancher who lost the cattle has been compensated). View slideshow:Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center provides sanctuary to wildlife The wolf was undoubtedly preying on these cows to help feed her family of four puppies. The puppies will remain with the pack, 'as they will be cared for by their father' according to Linda Searles, Founder and Executive Director of SWCC. U. S. Fish and Wildlife agreed to allow SWCC to 'provide permanent sanctuary' to the wolf, according to a press release by Patrick Impiccini. F1188 is a Mexican
gray wolf thatPhoto credit: Photo: Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center The last 'official count' shows that only 58 Mexican Gray Wolves remain in the wild, 'making them one of the most endangered mammals in North America. ' According to Impiccini, 'SWCC is the only wildlife facility in Arizona capable of handling large mammals such as wolves, and serves as a holding facility for the USFWS's Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Program. ' "We're happy we could find a solution to this situation, other than killing the animal, because there are so few of these wolves left," says Searles.