Cumulative impacts of many factors cited
A new report by the Us Fish and Wildlife Service assesses the Mexican Wolf Recovery Program and the news isn’t good.
Cumulatively there are many risks for the population. Among them are poaching, too many controls related to depredation, small litter sizes and low pup survival possibly related to inbreeding.
The report states:
While it is not biologically reasonable to expect the population to track exactly with predictions or to increase every year, population swings over the last 5 years, coupled with a steady decline in the number of breeding pairs over the last 3 years, and inability of the project to achieve its objective to increase the minimum population by 10 percent in each of the last 2 years, indicate that the cumulative effects of identified threats coupled with the population’s biological parameters are putting the population at risk of failure.
Wolf-recovery program now ‘at risk of failure’.
Tim Steller Arizona Daily Star