Feds release long-awaited recovery plan for Mexican wolves

A Mexican gray wolf leaves cover at the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge in Socorro County. After repeated failures over decades, U.S. wildlife officials have finally drafted a recovery plan for endangered wolves that once roamed parts of the American Southwest and northern Mexico. Jim Clark/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP

After more than three decades, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is in the final stages of creating a new management plan for the Mexican gray wolf, an endangered species whose place in New Mexico and across the southwestern United States has long been contested.

Landowners in Catron County, for instance, say Mexican wolves hunt livestock and threaten the safety of their children, while wolf advocates argue that federal and state agencies have done too little to protect a predator that brings balance to its native lands.

The draft species management plan was released at the end of June. On Saturday, during a meeting with Fish and Wildlife officials in Albuquerque, the public will have an opportunity to weigh in on the wolves’ future in the state.

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