10 years of wolf restoration in theSouthwest

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10 years of wolf restoration in theSouthwest

Post by CLBaileyi » Wed Apr 02, 2008 11:17 am

Although the "official" date has passed, I thought you might enjoy reading a few articles about wolf recovery in Arizona and New Mexico. This project has had many challenges over the years, but is still a priority recovery project to many conservation groups.

While this project has often been compared to the Yellowstone program, there are many differences in why one population has recently been de-listed and another is barely off the ground. See the fact sheets under "Wolf Info" to learn about the similarities and differences.

http://sev.prnewswire.com/environmental ... 008-1.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/co ... 01581.html
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Re: 10 years of wolf restoration in theSouthwest

Post by pawnee » Thu Apr 03, 2008 2:35 pm

do you think they would ever consider cloning mexican grey wolves for future genetic stock? I know the red wolf program is derived from I think fourteen animals, but I`m not sure about the mexican one...
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Re: 10 years of wolf restoration in theSouthwest

Post by CLBaileyi » Sun Apr 06, 2008 6:13 pm

Cloning is a very new technique and not something that the Mexican Wolf program is looking at right now. While the red wolf program is based on 14 "founders", the Mexican wolf program just has 7. Basically, the species went extinct in the wild (or at least non-viable) and the animals we have in captivity or the wild are all we have to work with. The captive and wild program are carefully managed for the most genetic diversity possible, but with any small population, genetic issues will arise.
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