Tuesday, December 11, 2012
N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists have filed another lawsuit as they push
for reforms of the federal government's troubled effort to reintroduce
Mexican gray wolves in the American Southwest.
The latest lawsuit centers on a decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
to reject a petition that sought the classification of Mexican wolves
as an endangered subspecies or separate population of gray wolves. The Center for Biological Diversity says specific protection is needed for wolves living in the wild in New Mexico and Arizona. The center's wolf specialist, Michael Robinson,
says Mexican wolves are the smallest, most genetically distinct of all
gray wolves in North America. He says they're uniquely adapted to
the Southwest. The
complaint follows a lawsuit filed in November that focuses on
recommendations made by a scientific panel more than a decade ago.
Environmentalists say the agency has failed to consider
those recommendations. source