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Halt of Wolf Releases Moves to Federal District Court

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LAS CRUCES – In an effort to thwart the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) removed the department’s application to temporarily halt future Mexican wolf releases into New Mexico from state to federal court late Friday. The department’s application alleges the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) ignored state and federal laws last month by importing and releasing two Mexican wolves without first obtaining required state permits.

Under New Mexico law, the importation and release of non-domesticated animals requires a permit from the department and federal law instructs the USFWS to consult with the states and obtain necessary permits before releasing wildlife.

“Although we anticipated this move,” said Department Director Alexandra Sandoval, “we believe recent actions by the USFWS violate state and federal law. A review of the state law violations certainly belongs in state court. Regardless of venue, we are committed to pursuing this matter.”

The department originally filed the application in the state’s 7th Judicial District Court. It has since been moved to the U.S. District Court in Las Cruces.

Species Recovery Stories – Thanks to Hunting!

More good news about hunting.

First For Wildlife

There are two places in the world where conservation has been especially successful – North America and southern Africa.  In both regions, sustainable use hunting plays a vital role in wildlife management. Contrary to what the anti-hunting community portrays, the science behind sustainable use can stimulate population growth while providing the necessary revenue and incentive for conservation. Hunting has helped facilitate the recovery of a number of wildlife species, saving some from the brink of extinction.


North American Model of Wildlife Conservation 

Under the North America model of conservation, wildlife is publicly owned rather than a private commodity. Here, where the modern conservation movement was born, funding for conservation comes from the fees, permits, and taxes on hunting licenses and other sporting equipment. Popular game species, from white-tailed deer to wild turkeys, have made incredible recoveries thanks to this hunting-based model.


Bighorn sheep are another great example. As…

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