11:16 PM

For Immediate Release

Forest Service Revokes Grazing Permit Over Death of Mexican Gray Wolf

ALBUQUERQUE (December 5, 2018) – The U.S. Forest Service has revoked the grazing permit of a New Mexico rancher for the 2015 death of a Mexican gray wolf. The endangered wolf, who was collared, was trapped and hit with a shovel.

Bryan Bird, Southwest program director for Defenders of Wildlife, issued this statement:

"This is a pivotal moment for Mexican gray wolf recovery. Defenders is pleased to see the U.S. Forest Service meet their responsibility to protect our nation's endangered species. This unfortunate incident highlights the importance of using coexistence tools to live without conflicts with predators. The Forest Service can and should take on a larger role in coexistence strategy by including it in their updated management plans."

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