Mexican gray wolf

Two Western Republican congressmen have succeeded in getting legislation through the U.S. House that would shift management of the endangered Mexican gray wolf from the federal government to states.

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The U.S. Department of the Interior has found flaws with the program to reintroduce endangered Mexican gray wolves to the Southwest. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, a new study from the agency has found officials with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have mismanaged the recovery effort in a western New Mexico County.


Three Mexican gray wolves have been found dead in Arizona and New Mexico and wildlife managers say they're investigating.

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Federal wildlife officials say they'll be doing a thorough review of legislation introduced by two U.S. senators that would affect endangered Mexican gray wolves in the Southwest.

Arizona Republicans John McCain and Jeff Flake have introduced a measure that would push the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to work more closely with states to revamp a decades-old recovery plan for the wolves.

The agency has already agreed as part of a settlement with environmentalists to have a recovery plan crafted by the end of 2017.

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has agreed to a deadline to craft a recovery plan for the endangered Mexican gray wolf.

The agency reached a settlement with environmentalists, Utah and Arizona, but it still needs the approval of a federal judge.

Farm bureaus in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah are expected to challenge the settlement, saying it places an unfair burden on the American public when the wolves' historical range includes Mexico.

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