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Protection of wolves in Maine debated June 9, 2011

Protection of wolves in Maine debated  June 9, 2011  Maine  Bangor Daily News

“Wolves in the Northeast are not gray wolves,” Mary Parkin, endangered species recovery coordinator for the wildlife service in the Northeast “They were thought to be gray wolves until very recently. But after looking at genetic data … it appears that we have a different subspecies here.”

That subspecies,... is the same type of wolf that still prowls areas of eastern Canada — including just across the border in neighboring Quebec. And right now, the eastern wolf is not listed on the endangered species list, meaning that any wolves that appear in Maine would not be protected....

Jean Arsenault of Mexico blamed coyotes — a non-native species that has filled the wolf’s ecological niche in Maine — for the decline of the deer herd in recent decades.

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