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Following the Mexican Gray wolf recovery program.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Still Failing to Recover Imperiled Mexican Wolves

Tucson, AZ – Today, WildEarth Guardians, the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance and Friends of Animals notified the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) of their intent to sue the Service for its failure to adequately protect imperiled Mexican wolves under the Endangered Species Act. In January, the Service finalized new rules governing the management of Mexican wolves, many aspects of which further undermine efforts to recover the most rare mammal in the American Southwest. Continue reading

Mexican Wolf Numbers Increase for 5th Straight Year to 109 Wolves, 19 Packs

SILVER CITY, N.M.— For the fifth year in a row the number of endangered Mexican gray wolves has increased. There are now 109 individuals, including 53 in New Mexico and 56 in Arizona, compared to 83 a year ago, 80 in 2013, and 67 at the beginning of 2012. The number of breeding pairs also increased to 14, although only eight of these pairs met the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s definitional requirement of producing two pups that survive until the end of the year. Continue reading

Feds Propose Roadmap for Mexican Gray Wolf’s Future in Arizona, New Mexico

SILVER CITY, N.M.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service laid out its vision for the future of the endangered Mexican gray wolf today, proposing releases of captive-bred wolves into new areas of New Mexico and parts of Arizona and allowing wolves to roam from the Mexican border to Interstate 40, a much broader region than currently permitted. But the proposed rule broadens guidelines allowing ranchers and others to kill Mexican wolves, a persistent problem that has hindered the recovery of these important predators. Continue reading

Arizona Game and Fish Endorses Plan to Ramp Up Killing of Endangered Wolves

PHOENIX— The Arizona Game and Fish Commission unanimously endorsed a plan this week that will make it vastly easier to kill endangered Mexican gray wolves in Arizona and New Mexico and arbitrarily caps the number of wolves in both states at 300, allowing for a number as low as 125. Significantly, the commission also recommends that management of wolves be taken away from the federal government, where it has been since passage of the federal Endangered Species Act, and given to the state, which has long been hostile to wolves. Continue reading

Arizona Game and Fish Commission passes Mexican wolf resolution seeking public hearing in Arizona

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission (Commission) voted unanimously on Sept. 6, 2013 to pass a resolution requesting that the Department of Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) hold at least one public meeting in Arizona as part of the scoping hearings on the expansion of Mexican wolf conservation. Continue reading

After Legal Challenge, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Rescinds Permit to Trap Border-crossing Wolves in the Southwest

SILVER CITY, N.M.— Just two weeks after a legal challenge by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has rescinded a permit it had granted itself and other federal and state agencies to trap wolves that cross into Arizona and New Mexico from Mexico. The contested “take permit” authorized wolves to be trapped and kept indefinitely in captivity, even though by law those wolves should be fully protected under the Endangered Species Act. Continue reading

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