Issues of concern to people who live in the west: property rights, water rights, endangered species, livestock grazing, energy production, wilderness and western agriculture. Plus a few items on western history, western literature and the sport of rodeo... Frank DuBois served as the NM Secretary of Agriculture from 1988 to 2003. DuBois is a former legislative assistant to a U.S. Senator, a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Interior, and is the founder of the DuBois Rodeo Scholarship.
Monday, January 10, 2011
'Watershed year' expected for Mexican gray wolves
Another year has passed and the effort to return the endangered Mexican gray wolf to the Southwest is no closer to marking success than when wildlife officials first set out with their lofty goals decades ago. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southwest director Benjamin Tuggle says this year is going to be different. He's predicting a "watershed year." At the top of Tuggle's list is bringing together scientists, conservationists, ranchers and others to develop a much-needed roadmap for wolf recovery. Tuggle expects the team to have a plan ready for public review in about a year. Wildlife managers also are getting ready for the annual wolf survey along the Arizona-New Mexico border. It begins Jan. 19. They're hopeful they will spot more wolves this year. Last year's survey turned up 42 wolves. AP
Whenever fedzilla predicts a "watershed year", that usually means they'll be shedding ranchers.