Animal rights activists file suit against State Game Commission over cougar traps
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- Less than 100 Mexican wolves remain in the wild. With a population this small, every individual wolf is essential.
- New Mexico permits trapping in the Mexican gray wolf recovery area, but the Endangered Species Act prohibits trapping of protected species. As an Endangered Species, Mexican gray wolves should not be subjected to trapping.
- Cruel, indiscriminate traps set in the Mexican gray wolf recovery area have harmed over a dozen wolves. Traps have injured or killed 14 Mexican gray wolves (in 15 separate incidents) since 2002. Two wolves died. Two had entire limbs amputated. One endured a partial foot amputation.
- Leg hold traps pose a significant risk to endangered Mexican Gray wolves, pets, and the Public.
- Leg hold traps are inhumane and have been banned in 80 Counties and several states, including Arizona.
- Wolves are magnificent creatures that keep watersheds and ecosystems healthy. The reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone has been a boon to the environment there.
- Biologists know that once they are fully restored, Mexican wolves will improve the overall health of southwest ecosystems.
- Wolves are native to New Mexico and inhabited most of the state prior to aggressive extermination the last century.
- We have a moral, economic and scientific responsibility to restore endangered species like the Mexican gray wolf.
Make sure you:
- Thank the paper for publishing the article.
- Submit your letter as soon as possible. The chance of your letter being published declines after a day or two since the article was published.
- Do not repeat any negative messages from the article, such as “so and so said that wolves kill too many cows, but…” Remember that those reading your letter will not be looking at the article it responds to, so this is an opportunity to get out positive messages about wolf recovery rather than to argue with the original article.
- Keep your letter brief, between 150-350 words.
- Include something about who you are and why you care: E.g. “I am a mother, outdoors person, teacher, business owner, scientific, religious, etc.”