Agreement results from lawsuit brought by
Endangered Wolf Center and other conservation groups
A U.S. District Court judge in Arizona has issued an order that requires the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to complete a recovery plan for the critically
endangered Mexican wolf despite concerns from wolf opponents.
The USFWS recently reached a settlement between the Endangered Wolf Center, Defenders of Wildlife, Wolf Conservation Center, Center for Biological Diversity and former USFWS Mexican Wolf Recovery Coordinator David R. Parsons.
Under the settlement agreement, the USFWS is required to:
- Complete a Mexican wolf recovery plan by Nov. 30, 2017.
- Conduct an independent peer review of the draft plan.
- Provide status reports on the recovery planning process to the court and the parties every six months until the recovery plan is issued.
Furthermore, the above terms are now judicially enforceable as a result of the court’s ruling.
The Endangered Wolf Center is proud to have been a part of this effort on behalf of the Mexican wolf.
“With only about 100 Mexican wolves left in the wild a comprehensive recovery plan based on science and experience could not have come at a better time,” said Virginia Busch, Executive Director of the Endangered Wolf Center. “It just goes to show, when we work together we can save species.”
Fittingly, this great news was announced during #WolfAwarenessWeek