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16 January 2000 Issue

Victory for Yellowstone Wolves
By [email protected]

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.

For the full story go to...

Environment News Service: Court Victory Saves Yellowstone Wolves

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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