U.S. seeks input on plans to keep humans from killing endangered Mexican gray wolf

By Michel Marizco
Published: Wednesday, April 13, 2022 - 11:56am
Updated: Wednesday, April 13, 2022 - 1:09pm

Mexican wolf
Arizona Game and Fish Department
The Mexican wolf is the rarest subspecies of gray wolf in North America, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. They are found in Arizona and New Mexico.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will publish revisions Thursday to its five-year-old Mexican Wolf Recovery Plan that it says will improve protections for the endangered species.

The new draft is the result of a court order to address humans killing wolves. Earlier this year, two wolves were shot, one just outside Flagstaff that died and another in New Mexico that survived but lost a leg. Fish and Wildlife says the plan will include education both in the U.S. and in Mexico. It also includes increasing law enforcement presence.

The Center for Biological Diversity, which fought the agency in court to improve the wolves’ protection, wants the plan to include more measures. The group has called for the agency to take back receivers provided to ranchers that show where wolves are. 

“We know a lot of wolves are ending up with bullets in them and a lot of wolves that are radio collared are disappearing suspiciously," said the organization’s Michael Robinson.

The public has 30 days to comment on the draft.



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