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Mexican gray wolves face new challenges in struggle for survival

[large thumbnail url=”mexican-gray-wolves-face-new-challenges-in-struggle-for-survival” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”07″ day=”13″] [thumbnail icon url=”mexican-gray-wolves-face-new-challenges-in-struggle-for-survival” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”07″ day=”13″] Life isn’t getting any easier for Mexican gray wolves struggling against extinction.

Both politics and nature have produced new hurdles for an animal reintroduced in 1998 to vast native ranges in Arizona and New Mexico. Currently, about 50 wolves live in the wild.

The Wallow Fire, which scorched more than a half-million acres, mostly in Arizona, blazed through prime wolf habitat. A June 21 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service update said there was no evidence wolves had been killed in the fire. Adult wolves wearing radio collars were located near three dens in the burn area, but wildlife officials were still trying to determine whether pups survived. The report gives a status report on 10 packs, all of which were “exhibiting denning behavior.”

It appears the wolves will survive the devastating wildfire. The politics, however, are influenced by a variety of competing ideologies ranging from ranching economics to ecosystem health that have given the Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Program a herky-jerky gait…

Read the entire article on elpasotimes.com: Mexican gray wolves face new challenges in struggle for survival

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