Dozens share views on wolf reintroduction program

Last Update: 04/07/2004
By: Associated Press

(Silver City, N.M. -AP) Opinions about Mexican gray wolves are still extreme.

The endangered animals were called everything from treasures to killers during a state Game Commission hearing Tuesday in Silver City.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service began releasing the wolves into southeastern Arizona in 1998. Others have since been released into southwestern New Mexico.

An estimated 50 to 60 are now free in both states.

Sharon Morgan of Grant County says she feels fortunate to have heard the howls of wolves.

But Gila Wilderness outfitter Jack Diamond disagrees. He says wolves are killers, and deer and elk will suffer.

The commission decided today to support a memorandum of understanding that would formalize a new state-federal cooperation arrangement.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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