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New Mexico ends wolf recovery partnership with feds

A Mexican Gray wolf. PHOTO COURTESY U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE.

State move will make recovery more difficult; only 50 wolves roam in New Mexico and Arizona

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — New Mexico has ended its partnership with the federal government on trying to restore the endangered Mexican Gray Wolf to the state. The state’s game commission voted unanimously last week to end the collaboration after ranchers expressed concern about livestock predation. More on the federal recovery effort at this U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service page.

The vote disappointed a passionate crowd of about 100 wolf supporters who had rallied before the commission meeting and flouted the recommendations of 13 state and national conservation groups that had written to the governor to applaud the game department’s role in wolf recovery and suggest improvements.

“New Mexico’s governor sided with an intransigent, wolf-hating livestock industry,” said Michael Robinson of the Center for Biological Diversity. “Ironically, withdrawing state participation will undercut successful proactive efforts to prevent wolf-livestock conflicts, and could lead to an increase in livestock losses.” Continue reading

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