New Mexico Done With Wolf Recovery
New Mexico Game Commission voted unanimously to end their partnership with the federal government on the Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery. Some wolf advocates want to continue restoring the gray wolves to the area, but ranchers are concerned about the predation on their livestock.
The New Mexico Game and Fish Department helped keep cattle away from the wolf packs located in the national forests and also provided food for some of the packs. With the state's help the wolves had decreased their livestock kills, and were going after more elk. Without the state's help there may be more livestock losses. In 2008 and 2009 livestock groups were angry when state biologists had convinced Fish and Wildlife Service not to destroy the Middle Fork and San Mateo wolf packs that had killed livestock.
“New Mexico’s governor sided with an intransigent, wolf-hating livestock industry,” said Michael Robinson of the Center for Biological Diversity. “Ironically, withdrawing state participation will undercut successful proactive efforts to prevent wolf-livestock conflicts, and could lead to an increase in livestock losses.” From Summit County Citizens Voice.