Ted Turner’s N.M. ranch welcomes Mexican wolf pack

Ted Turner’s Ladder Ranch has aided in Mexican wolf captive breeding efforts in the past. Now, it will host a translocated wolf pack. Credit: Jim Clark/USFWS

Ted Turner’s Ladder Ranch in New Mexico will host a translocated pack of Mexican gray wolves. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with the ranch as it searches for more options to increase the genetic diversity of the endangered species. The ranch will receive a pair of Mexican wolves (Canis lupus baileyi) and their pups. The ranch previously has been involved in captive breeding efforts, but this would be the first wolf translocation. Agency officials say they chose the site because of its large elk (Cervus canadensis) herd and its distance from ranchers’ grazing allotments on the Gila National Forest.

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