Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Public Hearing Ignites Passions Over Mexican Gray Wolves

A regional official with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the limited area set aside in New Mexico and Arizona for recovery of the Mexican gray wolf is tying the agency's hands.
 
Regional Director Benjamin Tuggle says the agency can not maintain the species' genetic viability in such a small area.
 
A plan to expand the range of one of the Southwest's rarest animals has reignited passions about whether and where humans should coexist with the predators. The Arizona Republic reports that ranchers and rural families were outraged as the expansion plan was discussed at a public meeting Tuesday in Pinetop. A similar meeting was held last month in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Biologists say there are at least 75 Mexican gray wolves in the two states.

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