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Wolf council extends deadline for ranchers

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Federal wildlife officials say the deadline has been
extended for ranchers to apply for payments under a program meant to ease
conflicts between Mexican gray wolves and livestock.

Ranchers in parts of New Mexico and Arizona now have until June 2 to apply for
the payments.

Officials said the deadline was extended another month.

The chairman of the coexistence council, Sisto Hernandez, said the goal is to
increase the number of ranchers who receive financial compensation to offset
management costs that result from the presence of wolves.

The payments will be based on a variety of factors, including whether a
rancher’s land or grazing lease overlaps with wolf territory. Another
consideration is the number of surviving wolf pups in the territory.

There are an estimated 83 wolves in the wild in Arizona and New Mexico.


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