Environmental groups announced the illegal killing of the Mexican gray wolf “Anubis” in the Kaibab National Forest west of Flagstaff, AZ, on Jan. 2.
The wolf had become well-known for his forays north of Interstate 40 and beyond the boundary of the current recovery area.
The District Court of New Mexico ruled in late December that a rancher who lost his grazing permit in 2018 after he killed a wolf has been trespassing on land since his appeal was lost in 2019.
“It’s tragic that Anubis was killed, and many of us are grieving his loss, but despite this heinous crime, it is also profound confirmation that northern Arizona should be part of the wolf recovery effort,” said Greta Anderson, deputy director of Western Watersheds Project.
A district judge has ordered the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to revise its recovery plan for the Mexican gray wolf, ruling the agency must produce a new draft within six months and a final plan no later than a year.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced it is seeking comments on the proposed rulemaking to expand the Mexican Wolf Experimental Population Area in Arizona and New Mexico. Conservation groups hope the federal agency will consider a plan to remove the I-40 boundary.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a new rule Oct. 29 to remove Endangered Species Act protections for the gray wolf across the lower 48 states.
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