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Fish and Wildlife Service plan calls for release of 12 newborn wolf pups

From the Santa Fe New Mexican:

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to release 12 newborn Mexican wolf pups in New Mexico and Arizona over the coming year as part of its strategy to recover an endangered species that suffers from severe inbreeding and weak genetics.

The Mexican wolf is facing a “genetic bottleneck,” the service said, adding that, “on average, individuals within the population are as related to one another as full siblings.”

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