ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A female Mexican gray wolf wanted for killing too many cows in southwestern New Mexico continues to give trappers the slip.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service initially issued an order calling for the alpha female of the Fox Mountain Pack to be shot.

Following a wave of criticism from environmentalists, the agency rescinded the order and called for the animal to be trapped and removed from the wild.

The Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center offered to take the wolf into captivity.

That was four weeks ago.

The latest monthly report from the wolf recovery program shows the animal has yet to be captured.

A subspecies of the gray wolf, the Mexican wolf was added to the federal endangered species list in 1976. There are at least 58 wolves in the wild along the New Mexico-Arizona border.

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