By Associated Press - Tuesday, November 18, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - The Mexican Wolf/Livestock Coexistence Council has issued its first payments for the presence of wolves to 26 Arizona and New Mexico livestock operators who qualified for the plan’s first year.

The Coexistence Council developed the Mexican Wolf/Livestock Coexistence Plan that presents a new way of addressing wolf-livestock conflicts.

Payments for presence of Mexican wolves address the negative financial impacts on livestock producers that accompany Mexican wolf recovery.

The innovative Coexistence Plan was announced in March 2014.

It is comprised of three core strategies: payments for wolf presence, funding for conflict avoidance measures and continued funding for depredation compensation.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service appointed the 11-member volunteer council. It represents livestock producers, tribes, environmental groups and counties in Arizona and New Mexico.

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