In May, the New Mexico Game Commission voted to deny a permit that would have allowed the 157,000-acre ranch to continue as a refuge for the Mexican wolf, a federally protected subspecies of the gray wolf. In response, 46 conservation groups petitioned Gov. Susana Martinez and requested that she intervene to restore the permit. “We find it odd and inappropriate for state government to interfere with philanthropic activities conducted responsibly by a private landowner on private lands to offset expenses that otherwise would be borne by taxpayers,” the letter says. Since 1998, the Ladder Ranch has maintained pens that can hold as many as 25 wolves.
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