Sep 12, 2017SOME NEW MEXICO LAWMAKERS CONCERNED WITH WOLF RECOVERY PLAN
Some state lawmakers in New Mexico say a plan for recovering endangered
Mexican Gray Wolves in New Mexico and Eastern Arizona, is flawed and politically driven.
The 21 Democrats outlined their concerns in a letter sent recently to the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service. The agency is seeking public comments as it works to meet a court-ordered deadline to have a recovery plan completed by the end
of November.
The plan is a long time coming as the original guidance for restoring the species was adopted in 1982.
The lack of a plan has spurred legal challenges and skirmishes over states' rights under the federal Endangered Species Act.
The lawmakers say federal officials should specify a target for wolf releases as
well as a benchmark for genetic diversity among the population in New Mexico
and Arizona.