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Press Release: WildEarth Guardians Appeals Court Order to Protect Mexican Wolves From Indiscriminate, Cruel Traps

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 (posted 01/03/13)

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Contact:
Wendy Keefover
WildEarth Guardians
505-819-5925

Santa Fe, NM. WildEarth Guardians filed notice last Friday with the  10th Circuit Court of Appeals that it will appeal a lower federal  court’s decision that allows trapping to continue in the range of the beleaguered Mexican wolf.  The 10th Circuit Clerk of Court today issued a case number in the matter.

“We believe that the lower court erred in its decision.  The  Endangered Species Act Rule protecting the Mexican wolf makes clear  that indiscriminate traps may not be set in wolf range,” said Wendy Keefover, Director, Carnivore Protection Program for WildEarth Guardians.  “Free-for-all trapping, especially of coyotes, is illegal under federal law.”

Multiple wolves were killed or harmed by trapping activities in New  Mexico as a result of their injuries from cruel and indiscriminate  leghold traps, and the State’s failure to take due care to prevent future injuries and mortalities.

“The State needs to do all that it can protect Mexican wolves, but ironically, its position in this litigation has been to elevate  careless and harmful practices over conservation,” she added.

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