18 Mar 2010, 11:09pm
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North Rim wolf revival?

by ERIC BETZ, AZ Daily Sun, March 6, 2010 [here]

The last, best place to release wolves in the United States might be right in our own back yards.

The Flagstaff-based Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project wants to allow the beleaguered Mexican gray wolf to migrate northward and establish packs on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Wilderness advocates contend the wolves are struggling, in part, because they are bottled up in the Blue Range Recovery Area on the Arizona-New Mexico border.

“We are expecting the Mexican wolves to recognize an invisible line on a map and live by our rules, rather than be the wild animals that they are, just struggling to survive,” said the group’s education and outreach coordinator, Emily Nelson.

The move has the backing of the Sierra Club, Defenders of Wildlife and the Center for Biological Diversity.

Scientists [sic] have identified a vast area that stretches from the Mogollon Rim to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park as the last, best place for wolves in the United States due its low human and livestock density and abundance of elk and mule deer. Nelson said the area could support a long-term population of as many as 200 wolves. … [more]

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