FWS Proposes Changes to Mexican Wolf Management Program in Response to Litigation

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has announced proposed revisions to the management of the experimental population of Mexican wolves in Arizona and New Mexico. The revisions are intended to comply with a federal court order resulting from a lawsuit brought by the Center for Biological Diversity alleging that the FWS’s existing management plan violated the Endangered Species Act. Of key importance, the proposed revisions remove the existing plan’s population cap which has allowed wildlife managers to kill wolves whenever the population exceeds 325. FWS is accepting comments through January 1, 2022, and is hosting a series of public information sessions and hearings between November 18, 2021 and January 11, 2022.