Too much of a good thing can easily become very bad, just ask the Arizona farmers who are fighting to keep their livestock safe, after several attacks from Mexican wolves, a species that features on the endangered list. The Mexican Wolf is currently beeing bred in captivity in the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area
To help farmers deal with their crisis, the Arizona Game and Fish Department, supported by the State Attorney General, filed a lawsuit on Monday against the federal government, asking for retributions and better management after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service failed to provide proper management of the wolf population which is currently growing in the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area.
The plaintiffs say that the current management plan is very old and lacks important details that help regulate the number of wolves that can be grown in that area, meaning that the management plan doesn`t mention when the Mexican wolf can be taken off the endangered species list.
The current management plan is 33 years old and has proved to be a major success when it came to insure a habitat for wolves that has proper breeding and growing area. However, the project might have been a bit too successful according to the supporters of the lawsuit.
There are currently 109 wolves on the reservation and the Arizona Game and Fish Department along with the State Attorney General, believe that the number is sufficient to get the Mexican wolves off the endangered species list. They have requested on several occasions to have the management plan updated, especially since the wolves have started hunting livestock from the farms nearby. The farmers are helpless when it comes to dealing with the wolves, as they are protected by federal law.
As an end result of the lawsuit, those affected by the growing population of wolves, hope that the animals will receive caps and that their numbers will not continue to grow any larger. The opponents of this measure say, that it does not make any sense to put a cap on an endangered animal and that those who suggest such a thing, do not wish to see the completion of the wolf recovery plan.
The lawsuit does not come as a surprise to the accused party, seeing that the Arizona Game and Fish Department has sent them a notice of intent in January 2015. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Mexican Wolf still features on the list of endangered species, after it was hunted near extinction in Arizona, New Mexico, Mexico and Texas in the past decades.
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