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Feds: Mexican gray wolf program “at risk of failure”

[large thumbnail url=”feds-mexican-gray-wolf-program-at-risk-of-failure” filename=”science” year=”2010″ month=”06″ day=”07″] [thumbnail icon url=”feds-mexican-gray-wolf-program-at-risk-of-failure” filename=”science” year=”2010″ month=”06″ day=”07″] A report released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service now believes that the current reintroduction program for Mexican gray wolves risking failure and concludes that the program now needs to pursue full recovery.

The Arizona Daily Star wrote the following:

Twelve years after Mexican gray wolves were reintroduced in Eastern Arizona, their dwindling numbers are putting the population “at risk of failure,” says a recent report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Factors such as the rigid borders of the endangered wolves’ recovery area, removal of wolves to protect livestock, and illegal shooting of wolves are keeping the only wild population of Mexican gray wolves from growing, says the “conservation assessment” released last month.

After 1998, when the first 11 wolves were released in the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area, their numbers started growing and were expected to reach 100 wolves in 2006. The known population hit a high of 59 in 2006 but then began dropping, falling to 42 last year.

The project has cost taxpayers $20 million or more since 1998. Now officials and others are seeking a way to move the wolf program further from its origin as a way to rescue the subspecies, and instead create a viable wild population…

Read the entire article on azstarnet.com: Wolf-recovery program now ‘at risk of failure’

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