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Arizona Sues USA to Protect Gray Wolves

posted Jun 27, 2015, 6:25 PM by chloe owens

6/10/15, by Tim Hull, Courthouse News Service

Arizona Sues USA to Protect Gray Wolves

Uncle Sam has no viable recovery plan for the Mexican gray wolf, despite 30 years of efforts and a cost of $7 million to Arizona, the state claims in court.  Arizona claims that federal listing of the wolf as endangered and subsequent recovery plans have interfered with Arizona's "sovereign authority to manage and conserve the Mexican wolf pursuant to Arizona law, and this will continue until the Mexican wolf is recovered and the FWS delists the species."  Arizona claims the recovery plan for the subspecies, which dates back to the 1980s, "is not a complete plan for Mexican wolf recovery and will require changes."  It says that a viable, legal recovery plan would necessarily lead to delisting of the subspecies, but that the current plan does nothing of the kind.  "The FWS has admitted that the objective of the original recovery plan to reestablish a single experimental population of Mexican wolves is inadequate for the recovery of the Mexican wolf," the lawsuit states.