ALBUQUERQUE — The Mexican gray wolf is the focus of a new exhibition at the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico.

Intertwined: The Mexican Wolf, the People and the Land takes on the mythology and reality of the endangered predator through a collection of photographs and objects such as traps, books, skulls and pelts.

The exhibit runs through July.

Maxwell Museum co-curator Devorah Romanek tells the Albuquerque Journal that the wolf’s situation is dire.

The federal government has struggled to reintroduce the species to its historic range in New Mexico and Arizona, being hampered along the way by legal challenges, poaching, politics and concerns over genetic diversity.

There were an estimated 114 wolves in the wild as of February 2018. Wildlife managers are working on an updated count.

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