RESERVE, NM -- Kid cages, designed to protect school children from dangerous wildlife, are now taking center stage in the debate on whether or not a possible endangered species of wolf should be designated as such -- or not be protected -- allowing for their hunting to protect livestock in a small rural New Mexico community, Fox News reports.
According to the channel's report, about six small, wooden and mesh cages were installed at bus stops about 10 years ago in Reserve, N.M., where people have found the Mexican gray wolf.
The Fish and Wildlife Service, according to the LA Times, has proposed extending the Endangered Species Act to protect the wolves. Ranchers are opposed to that designation, saying the animals prey on livestock and should be hunted. Animal activists said,however, that there are few reports of wolves actually attacking a person and that the shelters, and by extension the wolves, are just a proxy for anti-government feelings of some who live in the Southwest.
Fox News says the residents claim the shelters could save a child from being attacked in the early morning hours as they wait for their bus. One such case was recently reported, when a wolf frightened a mother and her son while they waited for his bus.
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