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Federal wildlife officials are concerned about packs of endangered Mexican gray wolves in the Southwest mixing with dogs, creating a hybridized breed. Associated Press file photo
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 11:00 pm | Updated: 1:12 am, Wed Mar 27, 2013.
ALBUQUERQUE — Federal wildlife managers have been working to return the endangered Mexican gray wolf to the American Southwest for the past 15 years. Every now and then, there’s a genetic hiccup.
It happens when a wolf breeds with a domestic dog and produces a litter of hybridized pups.
Even though this isn't necessarily a new problem, it still irks me that they have a good portion of Mexican gray wolves in captivity yet have a small and unstable genetic population in the wild and haven't released more Mexican grays in the manner that they should. Given the conflicts with humans/potential disease, hybridization, and a multitude of other factors that could ultimately decimate the population in a few years' time, I personally do not see why they are "taking their time" to effectively address the issue, especially when these guys should be getting the attention instead of their northern counterparts.