It's time for the bus, kids, so get into your cage and wait there. Sound weird? The children of rural Reserve, N.M., are waiting for their ride to school while standing inside wire-and-mesh cages that have been built to protect them from wolves. But some have questioned the necessity of the cages, going so far as to call them a publicity stunt by those opposed to Mexican wolf recovery. The Mexican wolves — which are smaller versions of the gray wolf — are at the center of a heated political debate; the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hopes to add roughly 75 Mexican wolves in the area to the Endangered Species Act, which would protect them from hunters and allow them to roam freely.
And that's where the cages come in. "Wolves are not sharks," wolf expert Daniel MacNulty told National Geographic. "Cages are unnecessary because wolves aren't going to be attacking children at the bus stop." MacNulty later added "People have to understand that wolves do not have supernatural powers." [Source]
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