Big Year Planned for Mexican Gray Wolf
It looks like the Mexican gray wolf will get renewed focus in 2011 in the decades long effort to boost the population in southwestern states. According to the Las Cruces Sun News, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services is targeting new efforts to improve the wolves population.
The goal this year, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southwest director Benjamin Tuggle said, will be finding balance between science and the impact of management actions on people in the region. That balance has eluded the program since the federal government began releasing Mexican wolves along the Arizona-New Mexico border in 1998. "It's not going to be easy," Tuggle said. "You've got these divergent groups that are very opinionated." Biologists had hoped to have more than 100 wolves in the wild by 2006. At the beginning of 2010, the count was 42.