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Arizona Game and Fish Commission supports gray wolf delisting

This Aug. 2005 file photo provided by the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks, shows a gray wolf pup from the Calder Mountain pack along the Montana and Idaho borders west of Troy, Mont.  Lawmakers from the Northern Rockies say pending bills aimed at getting gray wolves off the endangered species list have little chance of passage this year. With only a few working weeks left in the 111th Congress, attention is focused on a few major items including unemployment, Medicaid and nuclear proliferation.   (AP Photo/MDFWP, Kent Lauden, File)

This Aug. 2005 file photo provided by the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks, shows a gray wolf pup from the Calder Mountain pack along the Montana and Idaho borders west of Troy, Mont. (AP Photo/MDFWP, Kent Lauden, File)

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission has voted to support congressional action aimed at removing gray wolves from the federal endangered species list.

The commission voted 4-1 after a lengthy meeting Saturday in support of federal legislation that would declare the wolves recovered and no longer in need of federal protections.

The commission says it sees delisting the gray wolf as an opportunity to break through the gridlock that has stalled an effort to reintroduce the Mexican gray wolf, a subspecies of the gray wolf, along the Arizona-New Mexico border.

The commission says it wants to work with every stakeholder and all who are willing to negotiate and seek solutions for the troubled Mexican gray wolf program.

At last count, Arizona and New Mexico had just 42 Mexican gray wolves.

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