Wolves gain greater area to roam in Arizona, New Mexico

January 13, 2015 4:56 AM

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Wolves gain greater area to roam in Arizona, New Mexico

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Mexican gray wolves will be able to roam a greatly expanded area in the Southwest under the first major changes to a reintroduction program that has stumbled through legal battles, illegal shootings and politics.

The wolves currently roam about 7 million acres of federal, tribal and private land in far eastern Arizona and western New Mexico. Up to 325 of the animals eventually will be allowed to disperse south of Interstate 40 to the U.S.-Mexico border in both states, and the number of release sites will gro...

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