Fed proposal gives wolves wider range - Albuquerque Journal

Fed proposal gives wolves wider range

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service laid out its plan for the future of the endangered Mexican gray wolf on Thursday, which includes allowing the reintroduced wolves to roam a much larger area.

But an environmental group says the plan also makes it too easy for ranchers and state agencies to kill the wolves – a problem the group’s director says has long hindered the recovery effort in New Mexico and Arizona.

“We’re glad Mexican wolves will be allowed to roam more widely and will be introduced directly into New Mexico,” said Michael Robinson with the Silver City-based Center for Biological Diversity. “But increasing the authority to kill wolves is disappointing and will further imperil them.”

c01_jd_25jul_wolvesFish and Wildlife also released a draft environmental impact statement on its proposed revisions of the rules for managing the Mexican wolf population – which Robinson placed at about 83 wolves, including five breeding pairs.

In 1998, Mexican wolves were released to the wild for the first time in the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area, which covers part of New Mexico and Arizona.

The public has 60 days to comment on the proposed rules and DEIS, and two public meetings on the proposed rules will be held next month. Those meetings are scheduled for:

  • Aug. 11, 6 to 9 p.m. at Fort Apache Indian Reservation’s Hon-Dah Conference Center, 777 Highway 260, Pinetop, Ariz.; and
  • Aug. 13, 6 to 9 p.m. at the Truth or Consequences Civic Center, 400 W. Fourth Street in T or C.

The comment period will remain open through Sept. 23.

The Fish and Wildlife Service “is more committed than ever to working with diverse partners to promote a successful Mexican wolf program,” the service’s Southwest Regional Director, Ben Tuggle, said in a news release. “Over the last 16 years, we have learned much about managing a wild population of Mexican wolves, and it is clear that the current rule does not provide the clarity or the flexibility needed to effectively manage,” the wolf population.

To learn more about the proposed rule revisions, the draft environmental impact statement or details of the public hearings – and for links to submit comments to the record – visit fws.gov/southwest/es/mexicanwolf.


Albuquerque Journal and its reporters are committed to telling the stories of our community.

• Do you have a question you want someone to try to answer for you? Do you have a bright spot you want to share?
   We want to hear from you. Please email yourstory@abqjournal.com

Nativo Sponsored Content

Ad Tango


taboola desktop

MORE ARTICLES LIKE THIS

1
Haaland's mother, a Navy vet and longtime civil servant, ...
ABQnews Seeker
U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland's mother, ... U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland's mother, Mary Toya, a longtime civil servant and U.S. Navy vete ...
2
Haaland completes 125th Boston Marathon
ABQnews Seeker
Stansbury pushes renewable energy for Puerto ... Stansbury pushes renewable energy for Puerto Rico
3
West Side food pantry holds fundraising hike: Saturday, Oct. ...
ABQnews Seeker
Brewery donating $1 for every beer ... Brewery donating $1 for every beer sold during event
4
Pretrial release defense cherry picks data
ABQnews Seeker
Here's an easy way to cut ... Here's an easy way to cut in half the number of accused felons out of jail on pretrial release ...
5
Former APD officer, state rep launches campaign for sheriff
ABQnews Seeker
Pat Ruiloba second candidate in race Pat Ruiloba second candidate in race
6
Couple from NM dies in plane crash
ABQnews Seeker
Son: Father spent over 3 years ... Son: Father spent over 3 years building aircraft
7
Realty firm owner is cleared in assault case
ABQnews Seeker
Tenant says woman pointed gun at ... Tenant says woman pointed gun at him
8
Appeals court orders new trial in 2016 slaying
ABQnews Seeker
Case involved robbery suspect's fatal shooting ... Case involved robbery suspect's fatal shooting of armed vet at ATM
9
Interior secretary's mother, a longtime civil servant, dies
ABQnews Seeker
U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland's mother, ... U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland's mother, Mary Toya, a longtime civil servant and U.S. Navy veteran, has died. Officials with the Interior Department confirmed ...