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Editorial: Some hope for Mexican gray wolf

Michael J. Robinson of the Center for Biological Diversity wrote the following editorial for the Albuquerque Journal.

Despite the recent death of a Mexican gray wolf, dismally familiar news, two legal settlements signed late last month provide hope for the future of this intelligent, social carnivore native to the Southwest and Mexico.

One settlement agreement between the Center for Biological Diversity and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service protects wolves that may lope northward into our southern borderlands from Mexico.

When Mexican authorities began releasing lobos in 2011, the service issued itself a permit, with no opportunity for public comment, to live-trap and indefinitely incarcerate wolves emanating from the south if viewed as threats to livestock. Ranchers bore no responsibility to take proactive steps to prevent conflicts. Now the service disclaims authority to trap such fully endangered wolves.

The Center for Biological Diversity’s second settlement agreement requires the service to finalize by Jan. 12, 2015 its proposed rule authorizing release of captive-bred wolves into the Gila National Forest of New Mexico and allowing wolves to roam over a broader area than presently. For 12 years, the service has promised to change its 1998 reintroduction rule to follow scientific recommendations, but never followed through…

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Note: The Albuquerque Journal does a weird wall where you have to answer a couple of random questions to get access to the article. They are non-demographic, non-personal information questions such as holiday saving plans … odd, but the article is worth the inconvenience.

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