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Game & Fish Denies Ted Turner Ranch New Wolf Permit

posted Jun 27, 2015, 5:47 PM by chloe owens

5/8/15, by Lauren Villagarn, Albuquerque Journal

Game & Fish denies Ted Turner ranch new wolf permit

New Mexico’s Game and Fish Commission has denied for the first time a permit that had been in place for 17 years that allowed Ted Turner’s Ladder Ranch in the Gila mountains to aid the federal Mexican recovery program.  The ranch has provided pen space for wolves being released into, or temporarily removed from, the wild by the federal government ever since the program to reintroduce the endangered Mexican wolf began in 1998…The commission denied Turner’s permit renewal request…is being viewed by some as a move by the governor-appointed commission to curb reintroduction of the endangered Mexican gray wolf in New Mexico…the FWS said that “partnerships between private land owners and federal agencies are essential to wildlife management and endangered species recovery,” and the commission’s decision “may hamstring species recovery.”