The U.S. Government Just Secretly Killed An Extremely Endangered Wolf

By: /The Dodo  There are just about 113 Mexican gray wolves in the wild — and the U.S. government just shot and killed one of them.

It’s the first time in a decade the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has killed a Mexican gray wolf, which is one of the most endangered kinds of wolves on the planet. The female wolf was part of the Diamond pack, which is being blamed for preying on cattle being raised for meat in Arizona.

A Mexican gray wolf at the Wolf Conservation Center.

“It is our intent to minimize the effects of Mexican wolves on livestock producers,” John Bradley, a spokesman for the USFWS, told the Santa Fe New Mexican in an email.

But the agency has also been tasked with saving the Mexican gray wolf from extinction. After the species had been trapped and hunted so rampantly, the wolves were nearly nonexistent. Then, in the 1970s, when the Mexican gray wolf was listed as an endangered species, there were so few Mexican wolves left that the government had to capture wild wolves to breed them for release into the wild.

Mexican Gray Wolf

Posted by Wolf Angels on Wednesday, July 20, 2016

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