One of Ted Turner’s ranks in southern New Mexico will be home to a pair of Mexican gray wolves and their soon-to-be born puppies.
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – One of Ted Turner’s farm in southern New Mexico will be the new home for a pair of Mexican gray wolves and their soon-to-be born puppies as federal wildlife managers look at more options to increase genetic diversity . Endangered species.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service confirmed on Monday that it was teaming up with Ladder Ranch for the project. While the ranch has been involved for years with captive breeding efforts and the work of other endangered species, it is the first time Mexican gray wolves have been translated to private land.
The male wolf – considered one of the most genetically valuable wolves in the wild population – and his pregnant companion are currently being housed in a wildlife refuge in central New Mexico. After their puppies are born, the pack will be taken to the ranch where they will be kept in a remote chainlink pen for a few weeks so that they can enter the area.
With the puppies being young, officials said the wolves would naturally establish a home range near the translation site. He also said that the time would coincide with elk calving in the area, which would provide a food source for hunters.
Officials said that in addition to bringing more diversity to the wild gene pool, the goal is to look for a place where the pack can establish an area with few conflicts with livestock.
For more than two decades, attempts to bring Mexican gray wolves back into the wilderness in the US southwest have been fraught with conflict as ranchers have complained about the challenges of scaring wolves to stop eating their cattle . Many people have said that their livelihood and rural standard of living are at stake.
Environmentalists argue that the breeding of wolves has faltered as a result of illegal killings and management decisions that have been rooted in fishing and wildlife service efforts to pacify the farm and the region’s year-round cattle.
Brady McGee, the agency’s Mexican wolf recovery coordinator, said his team worked with the New Mexico Game of Fish and Fish and analyzed translation options based on a number of factors – proximity to homes and areas east of wolves To distance from. And availability of prey.
He added, “The translation site at Ladder Ranch has been ranked as the best option because of its large, resident elk herd and distance from active pasture allocation on the Gila National Forest”.
The foothills of the Black Range in the Seko Creek area on the western side of the farm are grasslands and cedar forests. It is about 5 miles (8 kilometers) away from the nearest pasture allotment on national forest land.
Spread over 243 square miles (630 sq km), Stair Ranch worked with the Fish and Wildlife Service for years, providing a site for captive wolves and other endangered species projects through the Turner Endangered Species Fund. Occupying the vast lands of Across Turner, that task has threatened Apollard Bolson turtles from breeding habitat for apomomado falcons, threatening chirikhua leopard frogs, and endangered black-footed ferrets. Is inserted in
North America’s rarest subspecies of the gray wolf, the Mexican gray wolf, was listed as endangered in 1976 after being pushed to the brink of extinction. From the 1960s to the 1980s, seven gray wolves – believed to be the last of their kind – were captured and a captive breeding program began.
Wolves began to be released in the late 90s. The wild population has seen its population nearly double in the past five years, with the latest annual census finding at least 186 Mexican wolves in the wild in New Mexico and Arizona.
Federal officials faced a court order deadline next week to rewrite the rules governing species governance. Despite the objections of environmentalists, a federal judge has agreed to extend the deadline until July 2022.