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State Game Commission Wants New Federal Plan for Wolves Ahead of Any Releases

posted Jan 29, 2016, 4:36 PM by chloe owens

11/14/15, by Staci Matlock, The Santa Fe New Mexican

State Game Commission wants new federal plan for wolves ahead of any releases

The New Mexico State Game Commission has said it doesn’t want more captive Mexican wolves released until the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has an updated recovery plan for the endangered species. The commission’s stance doesn’t bode well for an appeal by Ted Turner’s staff at the Ladder Ranch to continue importing and housing captive Mexican wolves at a facility there…The 156,439-acre Ladder Ranch west of Ruidoso has provided critical space since 1997 to prepare captive-reared Mexican wolves for release into the wilds of designated wolf recovery area around the Gila Mountains as part of a federal effort to recover the endangered species.