Strong opposition to re-establish the gray wolf recovery territory into West Texas was expressed in a resolution passed by the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers' Association (TSGRA) members at their winter meeting.
The Preliminary Draft Environmental Assessment for the Implementation of a Southwestern Gray Wolf Management Plan was released Dec. 17 for review and comment by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The packed assembly of ranchers at Angelo State University Management, Instruction and Research Center voted unanimously to oppose the plan, not only from Texas but including New Mexico and Arizona.
"Further, be it resolved that the TSGRA does not support wolf recovery within Texas and desires any wolf found within the state be returned to wolf recovery areas or lethally removed if causing damage," said Joe Will Ross, TSGRA resolutions committee chairman.
Reprinted in part from San Angelo Standard Times