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Critics pan wolf plan

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Science  29 Sep 2017:
Vol. 357, Issue 6358, pp. 1341-1342
DOI: 10.1126/science.357.6358.1341

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has announced its draft plan for reestablishing a viable population of the Mexican wolf, which currently numbers just over 100 animals in the remote mountains along the Arizona–New Mexico border. But some wildlife scientists say it will leave the wolf in peril. They charge that FWS designed the plan primarily to appease the states, putting politics before science-based conservation. At the heart of the controversy is a debate over where federal biologists should release more wolves, outside their current range. A previous draft plan called for reintroducing the Mexican wolf at new locations in the United States, but the current plan relies on expanding the current population and releasing wolves in Mexico.