Legislation, Lawsuits Target Mexican Gray Wolf Status

Law360, New York (February 13, 2015, 7:22 PM EST) -- Southwest business groups and local governments on Thursday sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to roll back Mexican gray wolf protections, saying that a January habitat expansion was authorized outside of the proper process.

The plaintiffs, including the Arizona and New Mexico Coalition of Counties for Stable Economic Growth and the New Mexico Cattle Growers' Association, said that the FWS violated the National Environmental Policy Act by failing to adequately consult local governments. The complaint said that many local governments passed resolutions expressing policies and positions with regard to the management of the Mexican gray wolf and the proposed 2015...

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