Thursday, February 21, 2013

Feds pull draft plan for managing certain wolves

Posted at: 02/20/2013
By: The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Federal wildlife officials have decided to withdrawal a preliminary proposal for managing wolves that would roam into the American Southwest from other areas.

Counties and tribal governments in Arizona, New Mexico and West Texas have been reviewing the draft proposal since it was first released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in mid-December.

Some had voiced opposition.

The head of the Mexican gray wolf reintroduction effort, Sherry Barrett, says her team decided to withdraw the proposal so it could be reevaluated.

The draft dealt specifically with management of those wolves that might wander into the Mexican gray wolf recovery area from Mexico or the Northern Rockies.

Barrett says the withdrawal of the proposal won't affect the agency's efforts to revamp the decades-old recovery plan for the Mexican wolf. A draft of that plan is expected later this year.