Gov. Martinez: Relocate Mexican gray wolf pack

Posted at: 10/11/2012 7:57 AM
By: The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is urging federal officials to relocate a Mexican gray wolf pack linked to recent killings of cows in southwestern New Mexico.

Martinez recently told U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in a letter that the Fox Mountain Mexican wolf pack in Catron County has "created significant concerns" and is affecting the "psychological well-being of families" in the area.

She said livestock owners are feeling economic impact of losing cattle. The letter comes just as federal officials captured an elusive female Mexican gray wolf wanted for killing too many cows in the disputed area.

But Michael Robinson of the Center for Biological Diversity says the pack largely hunts elk and rarely attacks livestock.

The Mexican wolf was added to the endangered species list in 1976.

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