It's strike two for a Mexican gray wolf that was released into the wild just weeks ago.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the male wolf — dubbed M1133 — was captured Saturday just east of New Mexico's San Mateo Mountains. The animal left his pregnant mate and roamed outside the wolf recovery area that spans parts of New Mexico and Arizona.
Two weeks before, the wolf and his mate were packed into the Gila Wilderness on the back of a mule so they could be released.
The female stayed in the area, but the male traveled more than 75 miles after leaving a temporary enclosure on May 3.
This is the second time the male has been captured and returned to captivity. The first was in January, when he failed to pair up with another female in Arizona.