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Chaves, soil districts file suit over gray wolf

January 29, 2014 • Local News

Chaves Soil and Water and several other conservation districts filed suit Wednesday against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for barring them from participating in the process of listing the Mexican gray wolf.

The wildlife service is proposing to extend a controversial program to begin releasing the predators into the Apache and Gila National forests and disperse them into an experimental population area, which includes Chaves County.

The 14 soil and water conservation districts filed a lawsuit in the New Mexico Federal District Court after the USFWS barred them from participating in the process of deciding whether to list the Mexican gray wolf as an endangered species.

“The litigation that was filed by the districts was really a last resort,” said Aubrey Dunn, a supervisor of the Chaves Soil and Water Conservation District. “Today marks the day that local governments, including soil and water conservation districts are standing up for their constituents.”

The districts tried requesting a seat at the table by calling, writing and seeking Login to read more

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