The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has announced a new proposed rule to manage the experimental population of the Mexican wolf, and opened a 90-day public comment period.
This is in response to a March 2018 ruling in Arizona District Court by Judge Jennifer G. Zipps, an Obama appointee.
Summary of highlights of the proposed rule:
- The Service has determined that its prior determination– that the experimental population of Mexican wolves is non-essential to the survival of the species–is correct.
- The Service is not proposing to change the boundaries of the Mexican Wolf Experimental Population Area.
Summary of lowlights of the proposed rule:
This document proposes to modify the population objective, establish a genetic objective, and temporarily restrict three of the forms of take of Mexican wolves in the MWEPA that the Service adopted in the January 16, 2015, final rule.