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Watershed year expected for wolves

[large thumbnail url=”watershed-year-expected-for-wolves” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”01″ day=”11″] [thumbnail icon url=”watershed-year-expected-for-wolves” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”01″ day=”11″] ALBUUQUERQUE (AP) – Another year has passed and the effort to return the endangered Mexican gray wolf to the Southwest is no closer to marking success than when federal wildlife officials first set out with their lofty goals decades ago.

But this year is going to be different. It’s going to be what U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southwest director Benjamin Tuggle calls “a watershed year,” and at the top of his list is bringing together scientists, conservationists, ranchers and others to develop a much-needed roadmap for the wolf’s recovery.

“We have battled this demon a very long time and finally we’ve gotten the go-ahead in a number of ways. It is my firm belief that we’re going to make some significant progress,” Tuggle told The Associated Press in an interview.

The effort to return the wolves to the wild in New Mexico and Arizona has been hampered by illegal shootings, court battles, complaints from ranchers who have lost livestock and pets to the wolves, and concerns by environmentalists over the way the reintroduction program has been managed…

Read the entire article on KRQE.com: Watershed year expected for wolves

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