Groups Rally For Endangered Wolves

Apr 13, 2012


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Activists want the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to release more captive Mexican gray wolves into the Southwest.

About four dozen people gathered outside the agency's regional headquarters in downtown Albuquerque on Friday. They were armed with banners and paper wolf masks. Some donned cloth wolf ears and wore black stickers with the image of a wolf on their chests.

Steve Capra is director of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance. He says there's "huge frustration" with the agency when it comes to wolf recovery.

The last time managers released a new wolf to the wild was 2008.

Agency spokeswoman Charna Lefton says strides have been made over the last 14 years. She says more than 95 percent of the animals currently in the wild in Arizona and New Mexico were conceived and born in the wild.

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