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Recovery of Mexican gray wolves remains elusive

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avatar Recovery of Mexican gray wolves remains elusive
July 25, 2009 05:32PM
Reporting from Gila National Forest, N.M. -- On paper, Gila National Forest is the logical place to reintroduce the Mexican gray wolf. The 3.3 million acres of densely treed slopes, spare grasslands and desert scrub in the nation's oldest wilderness are stocked with plentiful elk and deer that make up the bulk of wolves' diet. But endangered-species biology plays out on a complicated landscape of emotion, politics and power -- never on paper.

avatar Re: Recovery of Mexican gray wolves remains elusive
July 25, 2009 05:56PM
Perhaps the most controversial policy is the so-called three-strikes rule that was formalized in 2005, when the Fish and Wildlife Service allowed officials in Arizona and New Mexico to set wolf policies.

Under the rule, any wolf that has killed three cows or calves in one year must be "removed" -- shot or placed in captivity indefinitely. Wolves killed 22 cows and calves in 2007, according to Fish and Wildlife.

Maybe we could relocate Nevadans down to the perimeter for them to feed on instead.
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