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A court ruling just boosted the chances of survival for the Mexican gray wolf, one of the most endangered mammals in North America. The legal victory forces the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to develop a real plan to stop human killing of the wolves, also known as lobos.
One of Earthjustice’s chief goals is to halt the mass extinction of animals and plants. Our fight for the Mexican gray wolf highlights one way we do that: When the government fails to put forward serious recovery plans for imperiled species, we sue it in court to compel it to do so.
Today’s victory in court tells the government to go back and fix its broken plan to save these rare wolves.
In response to Earthjustice’s challenge, a judge agreed that the Trump administration’s plan did not do enough to stop illegal poaching — the no. 1 cause of deaths for the lobo.
“More than 70% of documented Mexican wolf mortalities are human-caused,” says Earthjustice attorney Elizabeth Forsyth. “We’re glad that the Court has recognized that for the Mexican wolf to survive, the Fish and Wildlife Service must put in place a robust plan that includes concrete actions to address the threat of illegal killing.”
The Mexican gray wolf belongs in the ecosystem of the US Southwest.
As Earthjustice continues the fight, you can help the Mexican wolf’s northern cousin – the gray wolf – by signing our petition: