Profit over lives seems to be the working mandate in New Mexico, where an endangered wolf pack was eliminated on behalf of the livestock industry. According to a news release from the Center of Biological Diversity, the endangered Mexican gray wolves were eliminated in the Gila National Forest through a combination of private trapping and federal shooting.
In late April, the Prieto pack suffered a devastating blow with a nine-year-old alpha female died in federal custody. The wolf died from capture myopathy, which is caused by stress.
“This latest incident is the cruel final blow to the Prieto pack, which struggled for two years to survive the Fish and Wildlife Service and avowed wolf-haters in the livestock industry,” said Michael Robinson at the Center for Biological Diversity. “We’ll do everything in our power to end the policy of looking the other way on so-called ‘accidental trapping’ of wolves. It’s crucial to stop the federal government’s sickening program of wolf trapping and shooting.”
The release explains the situation surrounding the wolf’s capture, writing:
The alpha female was caught in a privately set trap on April 24. When notified of this, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided to take the wolf into captivity because the pack was deplored by local ranchers, even though she showed no significant injuries and no removal order was issued for her. The wolf died the next day of apparent capture myopathy, a stress response in which the body overheats.
The government is supposed to be recovering these endangered animals but is far too cavalier with their lives. Though the feds claim they’re looking at the population as a whole, this recurring mismanagement is precisely why the Mexican wolf is in worse genetic shape now than when reintroduction began more than two decades ago.
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