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Release of More Mexican Gray Wolves to Wild Needed to Stop Genetic Inbreeding

SILVER CITY, N.M.— To mark this week’s four-year anniversary of the last release of a Mexican gray wolf into the southwestern wilderness, the Center for Biological Diversity has called on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to dramatically increase the number of wolves in the wild. Continue reading

Interior Secretary Salazar Urged to Restart Mexican Wolf Releases Into Wild

SILVER CITY, N.M.— On the 14th anniversary of the reintroduction of endangered Mexican gray wolves to the wild in the Southwest, 30 conservation organizations, scientists, and animal-protection and sportsmen groups today urged Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to release Mexican wolves from the captive-breeding program into the wild this year since no release has occurred since 2008. The letter also asks Salazar to allow the release of captive-bred wolves to New Mexico, which is currently prohibited. Continue reading

Appeals court upholds congressional rider which delisted wolves

SAN FRANCISCO— The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals today denied a challenge brought by the Center for Biological Diversity and its partners to a congressional budget rider than stripped Endangered Species Act protections from wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains. A three-judge panel rejected the conservation organizations’ argument that the rider is unconstitutional because it violates the separation-of-powers doctrine. Continue reading

Mexican Gray Wolf Numbers Increase for Second Year in a Row

SILVER CITY, N.M.— Pup births boosted the number of endangered Mexican gray wolves in the wild in the Southwest for the second year in a row, according to a new census conducted by federal, state and tribal agencies. The 58 wolves counted in New Mexico (26) and Arizona (32) compare to the 50 counted a year ago and the 42 wolves counted at the beginning of 2010. More importantly, the number of breeding pairs increased from just two in each of the preceding annual counts to six in 2011. Continue reading

New Report Shows Too Few Mexican Wolves Released to Boost Population

SILVER CITY, N.M. – Mexican gray wolves in the Southwest continue to struggle to survive in the wild in part because too few wolves are being released from captivity, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 13th annual progress report released this week. On a more positive note, the report (which covers 2010) documents few wolf depredations on livestock even though the practice of removing wolves from the wild has been discontinued. Continue reading

Legislative pressure pushes wolf advocates to seek deal

[large thumbnail url=”legislative-pressure-pushes-wolf-advocates-to-seek-deal” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”03″ day=”18″] [thumbnail icon url=”legislative-pressure-pushes-wolf-advocates-to-seek-deal” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”03″ day=”18″] Wildlife advocacy groups are feeling the pressure of an impending and dangerous legislative solution, which could strip the Endangered Species Act of much of it’s power and leave wolves in all parts of the country at serious risk.

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Conservationists Intervene in Frivolous Anti-Mexican Gray Wolf Lawsuit

[large thumbnail url=”conservationists-intervene-in-frivolous-anti-mexican-gray-wolf-lawsuit” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”11″ day=”15″] [thumbnail icon url=”conservationists-intervene-in-frivolous-anti-mexican-gray-wolf-lawsuit” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”11″ day=”15″] The Center for Biological Diversity and Defenders of Wildlife — represented by the Western Environmental Law Center — today intervened in a lawsuit that seeks the trapping and shooting of endangered Mexican gray wolves, the third since reintroduction began in 1998.

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Feds Again Delay Release of Wolf Pack in Arizona

[large thumbnail url=”feds-again-delay-release-of-wolf-pack-in-arizona” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”10″ day=”12″] [thumbnail icon url=”feds-again-delay-release-of-wolf-pack-in-arizona” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”10″ day=”12″] The Center for Biological Diversity released the following press release regarding the continued delays in in releasing 8 more wolves in to Arizona’s wilderness.

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Mexican Gray Wolf May Qualify for Endangered Species Protection Separate From Other Gray Wolves

[large thumbnail url=”mexican-gray-wolf-may-qualify-for-endangered-species-protection-separate-from-other-gray-wolves” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”08″ day=”05″] [thumbnail icon url=”mexican-gray-wolf-may-qualify-for-endangered-species-protection-separate-from-other-gray-wolves” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”08″ day=”05″] SILVER CITY, N.M.— In response to a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today determined that the Mexican gray wolf may qualify for listing as an endangered species separate from other wolves. A separate listing for Mexican wolves would require replacement of the subspecies’ outdated 1982 recovery plan.

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Wolf Recovery Sought Across Country: West Coast, New England, Colorado and Great Plains

[large thumbnail url=”wolf-recovery-sought-across-country-west-coast-new-england-colorado-and-great-plains” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”07″ day=”20″] [thumbnail icon url=”wolf-recovery-sought-across-country-west-coast-new-england-colorado-and-great-plains” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”07″ day=”20″] Gray wolves should be reintroduced across the country in multiple, connected populations says the Center of Biological Diversity in a petition submitted to the Department of the Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Lawsuit Filed to Stop Federal, State-sanctioned Killing of Endangered Wolves

[large thumbnail url=”lawsuit-filed-to-stop-federal-state-sanctioned-killing-of-endangered-wolves” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”07″ day=”02″] [thumbnail icon url=”lawsuit-filed-to-stop-federal-state-sanctioned-killing-of-endangered-wolves” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”07″ day=”02″] Four conservation groups sue the U.S. Department of Agriculture for recklessly and without sufficiently evaluating  the impact of selecting lethal response on Oregon’s small wolf population.

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Feds: Mexican Wolf Population “Threatened With Failure”

[large thumbnail url=”feds-mexican-wolf-population-threatened-with-failure” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”05″ day=”07″] [thumbnail icon url=”feds-mexican-wolf-population-threatened-with-failure” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”05″ day=”07″] A press release from The Center for Biological Diversity highlights the conclusions of a federal conservation assessment regarding the troubled Mexican gray wolf recovery program.

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Press Release: Idaho and Montana Wolf Hunts End

[large thumbnail url=”press-release-idaho-and-montana-wolf-hunts-end” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”04″ day=”01″] [thumbnail icon url=”press-release-idaho-and-montana-wolf-hunts-end” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”04″ day=”01″] A press release from Earthjustice, Defenders of Wildlife, Natural Resource Defense Council and Center for Biological Diversity talks about the first wolf hunting season in decades coming to a close.

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Mexican Gray Wolves population drops 20 percent

[large thumbnail url=”mexican-gray-wolves-population-drops-20-percent” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”02″ day=”09″] [thumbnail icon url=”mexican-gray-wolves-population-drops-20-percent” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”02″ day=”09″] Disappointment and frustration combined following the release of numbers which suggest that there are now only 42 – down 10 from last year’s numbers – Mexican Gray Wolves wild in Arizona and New Mexico after another rough year for the troubled reintroduction program.

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Press Release: Lawsuit filed to cut through red tape entangling Mexican Gray Wolf recovery

[large thumbnail url=”press-release-lawsuit-filed-to-cut-through-red-tape-entangling-mexican-gray-wolf-recovery” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”01″ day=”27″] [thumbnail icon url=”press-release-lawsuit-filed-to-cut-through-red-tape-entangling-mexican-gray-wolf-recovery” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”01″ day=”27″] The Center for Biological Diversity has filed a law suit which they hope will remove bureaucratic red tape which has been hampering the Mexican Gray Wolf recovery project.

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Group warns of lawsuit over delay in Mexican wolf protection

[thumbnail icon url=”group-warns-of-lawsuit-over-delay-in-mexican-wolf-protection” filename=”news” year=”2009″ month=”11″ day=”23″] The Center for Biological Diversity served notice of a lawsuit – targeting the failure of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to respond to a petition – with a filing on Friday, November 20.

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