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Pressure resumes for trapping ban in gray wolf area

[large thumbnail url=”pressure-resumes-for-trapping-ban-in-gray-wolf-area” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”08″ day=”01″] [thumbnail icon url=”pressure-resumes-for-trapping-ban-in-gray-wolf-area” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”08″ day=”01″] ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Now that state game officials have cleared the way for trapping to resume in southwestern New Mexico, environmentalists are renewing their calling for the federal government to do more to protect the Mexican gray wolf in the Southwest.

The U.S. Forest Service and the Fish and Wildlife Service received letters this week from the group WildEarth Guardians and its supporters. They asked that officials reconsider a 2010 petition seeking to end trapping throughout the wolf’s range in southwestern New Mexico and southeastern Arizona.

Supporters contend trapping presents a threat to wolf recovery and that the agencies have a legal obligation under the Endangered Species Act to maintain fit wolves that can hunt for native prey.

“As a direct result of trapping activities in the recovery area, two wolves have had entire limbs amputated. Some wolves lost digits and others sustained different injuries,” the group said in its letters…

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