Wolf paper - The Re-introduction of the Wolf in to the...

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The Re-introduction of the Wolf in to the Southwest The Mexican gray wolf was one of the Southwest’s most dominant predators until the arrival of cattle ranchers in the mid 1800’s. From this point on the wolf would face great struggles. As the number of cattle and various livestock increased the wolf became a greater threat to the profitability of the ranchers. The battle between the wolf and rancher eventually led to the placement of the wolf on the endangered species list in 1976. After being placed on the endangered species list, preserving the wolf was of utmost priority. The wolves were placed in controlled environments where they would breed and interact in situations similar to the wild. As the wolf population began to increase, the next step would be to re-introduce the wolf into its natural habitat in the Southwest. In the early 1990’s the idea of re-introducing the wolf to the Southwest was proposed. The proposition was surrounded by adverse opinions and is to this day. The wolf has been re-introduced in several different areas throughout New Mexico and Arizona. Their success is varied, and seems as if they are facing similar struggles that led to their endangerment. Can the wolf receive enough support from the environment, affected communities and supporting agencies to preserve their place in the Southwest? The Mexican gray wolf was an integral component of the Southwest’s ecosystem
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course GEOS 220 taught by Professor Shepard during the Fall '07 term at University of Arizona- Tucson.

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