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A “legendary” female wolf known for birthing dozens of pups has mysteriously resurfaced in Arizona after vanishing in 2018, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Known only as 1042, the Mexican wolf has survived in the wild for 14 years — nearly double the life expectancy of her species — including nine years as an “alpha female,” wildlife officials posted Monday on Facebook.
During that period, 1042 produced 40 pups, “the most wolf pups of any wolf in the U.S. Mexico wolf population,” the federal wildlife agency said.
Mexican wolves are “the rarest subspecies of gray wolf in North America,” with a propensity for “numerous vocalizations” and a knack for bringing down prey “much larger” than their 50- to 80-pound frame, wildlife experts say.