Last Thursday, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in
Denver unanimously overturned a lower court's 1997 ruling that the wolf
reintroductions into Yellowstone National Park were illegal.
The court earlier ruling, which was in favor of the
animal slavers of the American Farm Bureau who brought the initial
lawsuit, would have meant a death sentence for the 300 wolves descended
from the original wolves reintroduced into Yellowstone.
This was a great victory for animal advocates and
environmentalists, a victory for those who wish to try to return the
wolves and restore a balance of predator and prey in our wild lands.
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Environment News Service: Court Victory Saves
Unfortunately, things didn't turn out so well for the
Mexican gray wolves reintroduced into the Gila National Forest in
western New Mexico. Wildlife managers of the US Fish and Wildlife
Service, who are conducting the reintroduction program, have decided to
round up the eight members of the Gavilan wolf pack. The alpha male will
spend the rest of his life in captivity and the fate of the other
members of the pack is uncertain. There may be an attempt to relocate
them and release them into the wild in the future or they may also
remain in cages.
The reason for this action is that a second confirmed
kill of livestock by wolves has recently taken place. The first
confirmed kill by the pack took place last fall; the Gavilan Pack preyed
on cattle that were being illegally grazed by rancher Carlyle Cathcart,
in the Apache National Forest of eastern Arizona.
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