(The original version of this story incorrectly said that New Mexico and Arizona game and fish departments would each receive $20,000 to compensate ranchers for livestock depredation by wolves when it should have said that the New Mexico Department of Agriculture and the Arizona Game and Fish Department would receive the funds. The story appears in its corrected form below.)
New Mexico, Arizona and several other states will share $850,000 in grants from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for programs aimed at reducing conflicts between wolves and livestock.
The New Mexico Department of Agriculture and the Arizona Game and Fish Department will receive $20,000 each to compensate ranchers for cattle and other livestock that are killed by wolves. New Mexico will get another $50,000 and Arizona will get $40,000 for conflict reduction measures.
The grants total more than $155,000 for the two states and the San Carlos Apache tribe.
Mexican wolves were added to the federal endangered species list in 1976. The 15-year effort to reintroduce them in New Mexico and Arizona has stumbled due to illegal shootings, politics and other problems.