Last week, New Mexico’s Game Commission let us all down again.
The two Mexican wolves who underwent complete leg amputations from trap-caused injuries, and others who lost their toes and sustained other injuries, apparently weren’t enough.
Neither were the several thousand emails, signatures, and letters sent to the Game Commission.
Reason and sound science took a backseat to a small, ruthless but vocal minority.
Today, WildEarth Guardians sent letters to both the Fish and Wildlife Service and the Forest Service that asked them to meet their legal obligations under the Endangered Species Act to protect the remaining few wild lobos.
Please join us and ask that the feds step up and protect the to the fullest extent of the law.
Last year, Governor Bill Richardson imposed a ban on traps in the Mexican wolf recovery area to protect the state’s top carnivore. Under a veil of secrecy and shady backroom deals, the Martinez’s Commission unanimously lifted the trap ban.
This body cannot be trusted to conserve New Mexico’s wildlife, and in particular the iconic, beautiful, and ecologically critical Mexican lobo – the State’s own wild native carnivore.
Clearly, the new Martinez administration does not act with the public’s interest in mind. It underestimates the power of the people who demand to see the Mexican wolf restored and protected.
Tell the feds to protect the lobo from these mean culprits. Please ask the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to override the Game Commission and expeditiously ban traps to conserve the lobo.
Wolves must be fit to survive and with only a handful left in the wild they need full protection.
Carter Niemeyer, a former wolf specialist for the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal Damage Control program and a trapping expert, wrote in his new book, Wolfer, “wolves hunt with their feet as much as their mouths, and they have to be able to run to survive.” Mexican wolves that are missing legs or toes or who have suffered other trap-related traumas might not survive if their ability to hunt is compromised.
Fourteen trapped wolves are far too many. Two 3-legged lobos are simply intolerable. No more!
Let’s ban traps in the Mexican wolf recovery area. Email the Forest Service and the Fish and Wildlife Service right now.