Enviro Group Loses Challenge To NM Wolf Trapping Regs

Law360, New York (December 5, 2012, 3:44 PM EST) -- A New Mexico judge on Tuesday tossed an environmental group's suit accusing the state's wildlife department of violating the Endangered Species Act by continuing to authorize wolf trapping without enacting safeguards to protect the nearly extinct Mexican gray wolf.

Judge Lorenzo F. Garcia dismissed a suit brought by environmental group WildEarth Guardians after determining that the ESA statutes under which they sought an injunction requiring the adjustment of state wolf-trapping regulations did not apply to the Mexican gray wolf, which is designated as an experimental nonessential population.

"The Secretary [of Interior] had the authority to apply the ESA take provision to...

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