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Plan would expand range in Ariz. for gray wolves

Plan would expand range in Ariz. for gray wolves

By Rikki Mitchell. CREATED Aug 4, 2013

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - The federal government is floating a plan that would let endangered Mexican gray wolves roam north toward Flagstaff and across Arizona for the first time in generations.
   
The Arizona Daily Sun reports that the government's wolf reintroduction program has limited the animals to a recovery area that straddles the Arizona-New Mexico state line.
   
Officials released a draft of proposed changes last month that, if put into effect, would let wolves roam from western Arizona to eastern New Mexico between Interstates 40 and 10.
   
The government's effort to reintroduce Mexican wolves in New Mexico and Arizona has stumbled due to legal battles, illegal shootings and other factors.
   
The plan calls for expanding the area where the wolves could roam to include parts of central New Mexico's Cibola National Forest.
   
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Rikki Mitchell

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Rikki Mitchell is a proud University of Arizona grad and joined the KGUN9 team after graduation. Rikki reports as a video journalist for the evening and weekend newscasts.