Feds sued over Mexican gray wolf petition
Finding Overdue on Greater Protections for Wolves
By: The Associated Press
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is being
sued over a petition that seeks to list the Mexican gray wolf on the federal endangered species list separate from other gray wolves in North America.
Conservationists submitted the petition in August, arguing a separate listing was biologically warranted and legally required.
WildEarth Guardians filed a lawsuit Tuesday in an effort to force the Fish and Wildlife Service to issue a finding on the petition. The lawsuit is part of a campaign started in December to persuade the Obama administration to make endangered species a priority.
The Mexican wolf is a subspecies of the gray wolf. It was exterminated in the wild by the 1930s, but the government began reintroducing wolves in 1998 along the Arizona-New Mexico line.
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Click on the links below to submit a letter to the editor of these papers in support of a listing for Mexican wolves that will give them greater protection under the Endangered Species Act :
Las Cruces Sun-News
Sierra Vista Herald