Federal Court Rules that the Gila National Forest May Continue Removal of Feral Cattle from Gila Wilderness

The U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico denied a request for a temporary restraining order to stop the removal of unbranded and unauthorized cattle from the Gila Wilderness. Unbranded cattle have been destroying fish and wildlife habitat, overgrazing native vegetation, trampling stream banks, and polluting water sources within the Gila Wilderness for decades. The Gila National Forest estimates that there are 50-150 feral cattle remaining in the Gila Wilderness.