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US wildlife managers tout wolf cross-fostering efforts

US wildlife managers tout wolf cross-fostering efforts US wildlife managers tout wolf cross-fostering efforts |  Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Created: June 07, 2021 02:26 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - U.S. wildlife managers say they have placed a record 22 captive-born Mexican gray wolf pups into dens in the wild to be raised by surrogate packs. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service made the announcement Monday, calling this year's cross-fostering season a success.

Officials have said the fostering program has helped to boost the genetic diversity of the wild population in Arizona and New Mexico.

Some environmentalists say the fate of many of the cross-fostered wolves released over the last four years is unknown and that federal officials should release family groups instead.

Ranchers also remain concerned about the effects of the endangered predators on livestock.

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