ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Wildlife managers have resumed efforts to capture and remove from the wild three Mexican gray wolves in Arizona and New Mexico.
Fish and Wildlife Service officials initially authorized the captures in August and September, saying several livestock kills were linked to the Fox Mountain pack in New Mexico and the Paradise pack in Arizona.
Efforts to capture one of the Fox Mountain wolves and the alpha male and female of the Paradise pack had been put on hold during the government shutdown.
With work resuming, environmentalists argue that removing the wolves will undermine efforts to grow the population. The federal government has been working for 15 years to reintroduce wolves to the Southwest.
Wildlife officials are also investigating the death of a wolf found in New Mexico in September.
This article was published to SeattlePI on October 23, 2013.
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Here are two ways you can help these critically endangered Mexican wolves:
1. Make calls to ask the US Fish and Wildlife Service to keep these three wolves in the wild where they belong.
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2. Submit comments on the USFWS proposal that threatens the survival and recovery of Mexican wolves.
At the same time the USFWS is attempting to trap these wolves, it is taking comments on proposal to change Mexican wolf management. Part of the proposal could help get more wolves into the wild, but most of it threatens the Mexican wolf’s continued survival and recovery. Your comments are needed to help lobos survive beyond the current crisis. Talking points and information on how to submit your comments are here.
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