A decade has passed since the U.S. government began returning endangered Mexican wolves to their historic range in the Southwest. It hasn't worked out â€” for the wolves, for ranchers, for conservationists or for federal biologists.
And that has resulted in frustration and resentment by many involved in the reintroduction program centered along the Arizona-New Mexico border, a landscape of sprawling pine and spruce forests, cold-water lakes and clear streams.
I've been told the original range of the grizzly bear included many areas where they're now trying to re-introduce wolves. If this program is successful, ranchers will have to have heavier-calliber weapons to deal with the much larger bears, if or when environmentalists attempt to re-introduce these as well.