09 July 2010

Defenders of Wildlife offers $10K reward for information about gray wolf killings

Defenders of Wildlife has pledged up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the parties responsible for the deaths of two endangered Mexican gray wolves. The killings occurred during the last two weeks in Arizona and New Mexico.

The Defenders offer brings the total reward amount to $52,000.  The remaining contributions have been provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the states of Arizona and New Mexico in addition to other conservation groups and individuals.

Eva Sargent, Defenders of Wildlife’s Southwest program director, released the following statement:

“Now that the alpha males of two packs have been killed, the fatherless pups of one of the most endangered animals in the world are less likely to survive. With so few Mexican gray wolves remaining in the wild, every wolf – especially the alpha males – is crucial to the survival of the species.

“These latest killings, along with the sobering statistic that illegal wolf killings are the leading cause of death for Mexican gray wolves, highlight the urgent need for greater law enforcement capacity at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

“Meanwhile, the Fish and Wildlife Service should work quickly to develop and implement a scientific recovery plan that keeps Mexican gray wolves from spiraling toward extinction and helps to set them on the road to recovery.”

The Mexican gray wolf is one of the most endangered wolves in the world. Last year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service counted a mere 42 wolves in the wild.

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