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Forest Service Moves to Revoke Rancher's Grazing Permit for Trapping, Hitting Endangered Wolf

posted Apr 9, 2019, 8:47 PM by chloe owens

12/17/2018, by Alex Devoid, Arizona Central

Forest Service moves to revoke rancher’s grazing permit for trapping, hitting endangered wolf

The U.S. Forest Service has moved to revoke a New Mexico rancher’s grazing permit after he admitted trapping an endangered Mexican gray wolf and hitting it with a shovel. The wolf later died, according to a spokeswoman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The permit has allowed Craig Thiessen to graze hundreds of cattle across nearly 50,000 acres of the Gila National Forest in New Mexico…Thiessen's confession was enough to convict him in court. Mexican gray wolves are protected by the Endangered Species Act. And grazing permit terms require ranchers to comply with federal laws protecting wildlife and other aspects of the environment…This is the first time the Forest Service has moved to revoke a rancher's grazing permit for harming a Mexican gray wolf, Call said. It alarmed members of the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association, many of whom share the land with wolves. Environmental groups conversely applauded the Forest Service's decision to revoke the grazing permit, calling it an important precedent for the agency to set.