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New Mexico Says No to Wolves, Creating Quandary for Federal Officials

posted Jan 15, 2016, 9:07 PM by chloe owens

10/2/15, by Cally Carswell, Science

New Mexico says no to wolves, creating quandary for federal officials

A new political battle is brewing over Mexican wolves, a species that was hunted and poisoned to extinction in the U.S. Southwest, but reintroduced to the wild by the federal government in 1998…State officials have said they are unwilling to approve new releases until FWS updates its recovery plan for the wolf, which was written in 1982…Now, the federal agency must decide whether to release the wolves against the state’s wishes…”Our recovery could be stalled, at best, by failing to be able to insert a more diverse gene pool into the existing wild population.”