The reintroduction of the Mexican gray wolf remains controversial with several groups including members of the White Mountain Apaches, cattle ranchers, elk hunters and residents of the Blue Range wilderness area where the reintroduction is taking place.
The Mexican gray wolf recovery program has been controversial since its inception. And Its not just political opposition causing issues. A lack of genetic diversity and inbreeding also pose a major threat to the endangered species’ recovery.
Federal regulators made changes Monday to the Mexican gray wolf protections, listing the Mexican wolf as endangered in its own unique subspecies. But some conservationists say the new rules won’t have lasting impacts.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is threatening to sue the federal government in an effort to force the development of an updated Mexican Wolf recovery plan. The agency served Interior Department officials with a notice of intent Tuesday.
Livestock operators in Arizona and New Mexico are receiving their first payments from the Mexican Wolf/Livestock Coexistence Council. The seven month old program is getting mixed reviews from activist groups.