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Updated Apr 22, 2014 - 6:39 pm

Arizona officials support wolf alternative

The commission voted in favor of the alternative during a meeting Tuesday. It
says the proposal was developed by 28 cooperating agencies and other
stakeholders and will be submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for
consideration.

The proposal would allow for up to triple the target number of Mexican wolves
in the Southwest from the previous goal of 100. Supporters say that would help
with developing a self-sustaining population.

The alterative also calls for a major expansion of the area where wolves can be
released and expansion of the area where wolves can disperse and establish
territories.

Commission Chairman J.W. Harris says the biggest impediment to wolf
reintroduction is social tolerance.

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