ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A month after voting to oppose any new releases of Mexican gray wolves, officials with the Arizona Game and Fish Department are amending their policy and have reaffirmed their support for conserving the endangered animal.
The troubled effort to reintroduce wolves in Arizona and New Mexico became more clouded in December when the Arizona game commission voted not to support any releases until the federal government revamped its decades-old recovery plan for the species.
Critics voiced concerns, saying it could be another year before a draft of the new plan is released.
With the new amendment, the replacement of lost wolves will be decided on a case-by-case basis.
In the case of an illegal shooting or other unlawful act, the Arizona game director will have the authority to approve a wolf release.