Recovering Mexican Wolves: An Aerial Approach

A small plane with large front windows sits on a tarmac
A spotter plane like this one is used to locate wolves in the Mexican wolf recovery area. Photo: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
A member of the interagency team sits in a helicopter with a sedated wolf held in his lap.
A sedated Mexican wolf is muzzled and transported via helicopter to trained biologists waiting on the ground.Photo: George Andrejko, Arizona Game and Fish Department
A team member walks toward a helicopter and another team member holding a sedated wolf.
Once a wolf is dropped off to trained biologists on the ground, the helicopter takes off again to locate the next target wolf. Photo: Mexican Wolf Interagency Field Team

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