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Conservation Groups Ask for the Release of More Wolf Packs

posted Sep 18, 2018, 11:32 PM by chloe owens

7/14/2018, by Andy Stiny, Santa Fe, New Mexican

Conservation groups ask for the release of more wolf packs

Twenty-five conservation groups are asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to release three more wolf packs into the Gila Wilderness in New Mexico this summer, the organizations said in a news release. Infrequent releases from captivity and other reasons have led to “reduced diversity and led to genetic homogeneity,” the release said. “The close relatedness” among the wolves has led to fewer pups born per litter, the groups said, noting that the population grew by just four between 2014 and 2017. The New Mexico Cattle Growers Association and other groups will fight the proposal, Executive Director Caren Cowan said Thursday…The agency said it is “fully cognizant of the critical need to improve the gene diversity of the wild populations of Mexican wolves” and that strategies for releasing wolves from captivity may include the release of individual or paired adult wolves, the release of a pack or cross-fostering of pups.