ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – The New Mexico Game Commission has denied an appeal by the Turner Ladder Ranch for a permit to host Mexican wolves as part of a federal species recovery program.
Thursday’s unanimous decision caps a nearly eight-month saga in which the southwest New Mexico ranch owned by media mogul Ted Turner tried to convince the commission to reconsider its original denial in May.
The permit had been in place 17 years.
The Albuquerque Journal reports commission members invited the Turner Endangered Species Fund to reapply for a permit.
The ranch near the Gila National Forest provided pen space for wolves being released into, or temporarily removed from, the wild by the federal government since the program to reintroduce the endangered Mexican wolf began in 1998.