Arizona

Back on the road to recovery

12/10/2009

The Mexican gray wolf has taken a big step back into the region. A recent legal settlement has buoyed efforts to recover the endangered animal, and the wolf will soon have freer range over the Arizona, New Mexico and possibly Colorado backcountry.

Once indigenous to the local region, wolves were almost completely eradicated from the American West by the 1950s. The animals were eliminated largely for the benefit of the livestock industry, and most ranchers and farmers remain strongly opposed to the idea of returning the canids to the region.

Second Suit In 2 Days Targets Wolf Program

5/02/2008

LAS CRUCES -- For the second time in two days, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's management of the Mexican gray wolf recovery program was targeted by a federal lawsuit filed by conservation groups.

Eleven conservation groups filed a lawsuit in Tucson on Thursday, seeking a court order to overturn the recovery program's management by an interagency oversight committee.

U.S. Wildlife Officials Failing to Conserve Mexican Wolf (press release 4.30.08)

4/30/2008
11 Conservation Groups Intervening to Ensure Wolf Recovery Is Agency’s Priority

With only 52 Mexican gray wolves left in the wild, a number of conservation organizations are asking an Arizona federal court to direct the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to take back their leadership responsibilities for the  Mexican wolf reintroduction effort and make wolf conservation a priority.

Defending the Land

8/27/2007
Western Environmental Law Center takes a stand for our environment.

Confronted with seemingly insurmountable odds, superheroes overwhelm their enemies, saving countless lives from inevitable death. In much the same way, Western Environmental Law Center’s staff takes on corporations, government agencies and even the Bush administration to save or otherwise protect the environment,wildlife and communities in the western United States.

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