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1:57 pm
Sun December 5, 2010

Democrats Call For Changes In Wolf Recovery Program

Las Cruces – A dozen Democratic members of Congress have asked Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in a letter to change a federal Mexican gray wolf recovery effort project.

The Dec. 1 letter was signed by New Mexico Rep. Martin Heinrich and Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva and recommends the release of eight wolves in Arizona and 14 in New Mexico considered eligible for release under the program's rules.

The lawmakers also recommended the retrieval of telemetry receivers loaned to private parties that alert ranchers and property owners when wolves are nearby.

Some conservationists believe the telemetry receivers can be used to locate and kill Mexican gray wolves.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com

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