Group wants wolves at Grand Canyon

A wolf that is part of a captive breeding program roams his compound at Heritage Wildlife Park in Prescott. (Photo by Eric Betz)

The last, best place to release wolves in the United States might be right in our own back yards.

The Flagstaff-based Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project wants to allow the beleaguered Mexican gray wolf to migrate northward and establish packs on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Wilderness advocates contend the wolves are struggling, in part, because they are bottled up in the Blue Range Recovery Area on the Arizona-New Mexico border.

“We are expecting the Mexican wolves to recognize an invisible line on a map and live by our rules, rather than be the wild animals that they are, just struggling to survive,” said the group’s education and outreach coordinator, Emily Nelson.