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Court Settlement Provides Hope for Mexican Gray Wolves

Forty Years After Endangered Species Act Protection, Government to Prepare Recovery Plan

TUCSON, Ariz.— A coalition of wolf-conservation groups, environmental organizations and a retired federal wolf biologist today announced acourt settlement requiring the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to prepare a long-delayed recovery plan for Mexican gray wolves by November 2017.

With only 97 individuals existing in the wild at the end of 2015, and fewer than 25 in Mexico, the Mexican gray wolf is one of the most endangered mammals in North America and faces a serious risk of extinction. Thanks to the courts, the Service is finally required to meet its legal obligation of completing a legally sufficient recovery plan, with the ultimate goal of a healthy, sustainable population of Mexican gray wolves in the wild.

“The settlement announced today provides hope that the lobo can be a living, breathing part of the southwestern landscape instead of just a long-lost frontier legend,” said Tim Preso, an Earthjustice attorney. “But to realize that hope, federal officials must take up the challenge of developing a legitimate, science-based recovery plan for the Mexican wolf rather than yielding to political pressure.”

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Banner photo Center for Biological Diversity; Mexican gray wolf photo by Robin Silver, Center for BIological Diversity