Hundreds of people including ranchers, environmentalists, local citizens and local government organizations attended the Pinetop, Arizona meeting.
In Arizona, the wolf’s primary recovery zone is in Apache Sitgreaves National Forest. Concerns ranged from fears for livestock to concerns about property rights.
Fish and Wildlife officials said they want to expand the wolves secondary recovery zone and keep the Mexican gray wolf listed as an endangered subspecies.
Officials want to keep the wolf population listed as “experimental”, which will allow for a more “hands-on management of the animals.”