Four Conservation Groups recently sought to join in a lawsuit brought by New Mexico Game and Fish. The suit is against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and concerns the release of two Mexican gray wolf pups in the Gila National Forest in Western New Mexico. The State and Federal governments have been at odds over the wolves’ presence in the Southwest since the onset of the Martinez Administration. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service twice proposed to release Mexican wolves in New Mexico. Each time, the State objected, arguing that the impact the wolves might have on the land and residents was incomplete. Ranchers have also vehemently objected to the federal plan, saying the wolves hunt livestock at a high cost to ranchers and allegedly have been known to stalk children. Joining host Stephen Spitz to discuss the restoration of the Mexican Grey Wolf in New Mexico is Michael Robinson, a representative for the Center for Biological Diversity and author of Predatory Bureaucracy: The Extermination of Wolves and the Transformation of the West. Produced with assistance of Jefferson White and Lynn Schibeci.
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