New Mexico – Now that state game officials have cleared the way for furbearer trapping to resume in southwestern New Mexico, environmentalists want the federal government to do more to protect the Mexican gray wolf.
WildEarth Guardians this week asked forest and wildlife officials to reconsider a petition that seeks an end to trapping throughout the wolf's range in southwestern New Mexico and southeastern Arizona.
The federal government has been trying to reintroduce the animals to the region since 1998.
Supporters of the program contend that trapping presents a threat to wolf recovery.
The Fish and Wildlife Service says that since 2002, there have been 14 incidents involving wolves caught in traps.
Regional spokesman Tom Buckley says the agency plans to monitor the situation now that New Mexico's ban has been lifted.
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