By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love
From the Jackson Hole Star-Tribune:
A possible gray wolf has been sighted on a ranch in northern New Mexico, raising the prospect that wolves may have migrated into the state from the Northern Rockies where they were reintroduced more than a decade ago.
There's been no confirmed gray wolf in the wild in New Mexico since a subspecies of the animal was exterminated from the state in the early and mid-1900s.
The animal was seen several times and photographed on Vermejo Park Ranch, which is owned by media mogul Ted Turner.
"We don't know what it is. It looks like a gray wolf . . . . Where did it come from? We don't know," Mike Phillips, executive director of the Turner Endangered Species Fund in Bozeman, Mont., said Monday in a telephone interview.