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Hostile Politics Threaten Rebuilding Plan for Rarest American Gray Wolf

posted Mar 8, 2017, 9:18 PM by chloe owens

2/27/17, by Ramona young-Grindle

Hostile Politics Threaten Rebuilding Plan for Rarest American Gray Wolf

As lawmakers rush to pass anti-predator legislation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed a release and translocation plan to help a struggling population of Mexican wolves. The agency’s plan must now navigate a minefield of proposed bills, an injunction, and rampant anti-predator sentiment prevalent in the new administration to help a struggling experimental population of critically endangered Mexican wolves in New Mexico and Arizona overcome a genetic bottleneck in an effort to recovery the species…the population requires careful management due to a genetic bottleneck. For that reason, a captive-breeding program to increase genetic diversity has provided pups that are introduced into dens in a process called cross-fostering. The proposed plan calls for more pups to be introduced into the existing packs that occupy one small section of the Mexican Wolf Experimental Population Area (MWEPA), but it also proposes to release an entire pack into the Gila Wilderness in New Mexico.

https://www.courthousenews.com/hostile-politics-threaten-rebuilding-plan-for-rarest-american-gray-wolf/

 

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