County airs concerns about grey wolf, feral hog population

By QCS Staff

The Quay County Commission plans for the county seek to the status of a contributing agency regarding the habitat of the grey wolf in New Mexico.

The commissioners said it was important to provide the U.S. Fish and Wildlife agency with information regarding the economic impact and other information that would show how the grey wolf could endanger the livelihood of producers in the county.

Rancher Tom Sidwell provided a overview of what other counties are doing in light of an upcoming scoping period on the grey wolf by the federal agency.

Ron Jones, a wildlife specialist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, also gave a presentation about the growing number of feral hogs in the area. Ranchers often kill the hogs and they should use precaution when handling the carcasses, Jones said.