Letter to the editor: Stop playing politics with the Mexican gray wolf

Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin

Source: Santa Fe New Mexican

By Melinda Kirkwood

I am writing in response to the article published on the front page of your newspaper (“Wolf pups released into N.M. wilderness,” April 30). I have a degree in wildlife biology and work with a wide range of wild species on a daily basis as my profession. I think it is very concerning that the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish wants to deny the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service the ability to reintroduce the Mexican gray wolf back into its native territory.

State Game and Fish officials talk about procedure and permits, and of course, the “rancher” scare tactic is always an ace-in-the-hole. However, state officials have failed to mention any scientific reasoning for their denial. Based on my previous experiences with those at Game and Fish, their priorities as an organization seem more aligned with managing game species that…

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