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Federal agency agrees to deadline on AZ, NM wolves



"We think by listing the Mexican wolf separately from other wolves it'll give the Fish and Wildlife Service the opportunity and renewed urgency to update its recovery plan [and] consider protecting critical habitat," said Nicole Rosmarino, WildEarth Guardians' wildlife program director. "It'll prompt Fish and Wildlife to closely review the recovery program and reintroduction, which have been faltering."

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A federal judge in Arizona has approved a settlement requiring the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to issue a finding by the end of July on a petition that seeks to list the Mexican gray wolf on the federal endangered species list separate from other North American gray wolves.

Conservationists submitted petitions last August, arguing a separate listing was biologically warranted and legally required.

WildEarth Guardians sued in federal court Jan. 19 in an effort to force the agency to issue a finding, contending Fish and Wildlife had missed the deadline.

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This article was published by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune on May 14, 2010. Please send a letter to the editor of the Star Tribune supporting a separate listing and greater protections for Mexican gray wolves.