Is the Mexican gray wolf a species distinct from other gray wolves?



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    The Mexican gray wolf is one of several subspecies of the gray wolf.  This means they are not a separate species, and could potentially interbreed with other gray wolf subspecies.  However, Mexican gray wolves are genetically distinct from other wolves, and are adapted to a specific climate and habitat.  Mexican gray wolves are native to the southwestern US and parts of Mexico, and are the most endangered of all gray wolf species.  Once extinct in the wild, the subspecies was kept alive through a captive breeding program, and has now been reintroduced to certain areas in the Southwestern United States.  By the end of 2008, there were about 50 Mexican gray wolves living in the wild.

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