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The Future Of Wolves In The Southwest

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Let’s Talk New Mexico 10/12 8a: This summer the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a long-awaited draft management plan for the Mexican gray wolf. It has come under intense criticism from many quarters.


Environmentalists and wolf advocates are concerned it does not promote enough genetic diversity, caps the number of wolves that will be allowed to exist in the wild at a level that's too lowand designates a habitat range that is too small.


Many ranchers are concerned about predation on their livestock by wolves and are frustrated by the size of payments they can get for dead livestock and the process to qualify for the payments. They also want to see more progress toward de-listing the wolf as an endangered species.


Why are wolves important to our ecosystem and what will it take to ensure they are no longer endangered? How can we ensure the coexistence of wolves with other land uses?



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