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State Issues Wolf Release Permit to U.S. Fish and Wildlife

posted Jun 7, 2017, 5:53 PM by chloe owens

5/4/17, by Lauren Villagran, Albuquerque Journal

State issues wolf release permit to U.S. Fish and Wildlife

After a nearly two-year impasse, New Mexico’s Department of Game and Fish has issued a permit for the release of two Mexican gray wolves into the wild – under the condition that the federal government remove two wild-born wolves to captivity… the permit also requires that, for each wolf pup that is “cross-fostered” into a wild den, another wolf pup must be removed. While the permit results in no net increase in the wild wolf population in New Mexico, fostering two wolves bred in captivity into a wild den could improve genetic diversity in the wild – one key goal of Fish and Wildlife’s wolf recovery program.