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What do Mexican wolves eat?

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Mexican wolves primarily eat hoofed mammals or ungulates such as deer and elk. However, smaller animals such as rabbits, ground squirrels, mice and javelinas provide a secondary source of food when larger animals are hard to find.

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The Mexican wolf is a subspecies of the gray wolf that lives in the southwestern United States and Mexico. Its habitat ranges from mountain forests to grasslands and scrublands. Although it once was found throughout the United States, it was nearly completely wiped out. By the 1970s, there were no Mexican wolves left in the wild. Through careful breeding in captivity and the Endangered Species Act, this species was saved from extinction. In 1998, 11 wolves were released into Arizona via the Apache National Forest in order to rebuild the wild population. Not long afterwards, the Mexican wolf was also reintroduced to Mexico.

The Mexican wolf is a social species that lives in packs with only one breeding pair, which are the alpha male and female. After a litter is whelped, the entire pack, not just the parents, cares for the pups. The pups mature at 10 months old, reaching a height between 23 and 32 inches and a weight between 60 and 80 pounds.

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