Mexican Wolf Deal

New Mexico – The Arizona Game and Fish Commission has approved a new agreement with New Mexico, federal agencies and others to guide wolf conservation.

The state has participated in the Mexican Wolf reintroduction program since 2003, and continued working cooperatively after it expired in 2008.

The agreement approved on Friday re-established the formal partnership between the states, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Indian tribes and counties in each state. The other government agencies still need to OK the deal.

Arizona has been working on wolf conservation since the 1980s. The first 11 captive-reared wolves were released at the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area in east-central Arizona and west-central New Mexico in 1998.

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