ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – Four environmental groups want to intervene in a legal fight between the state of New Mexico and the federal government over releases of endangered Mexican gray wolves into the wild.
Defenders of Wildlife, the Center for Biological Diversity, WildEarth Guardians and the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance filed their motion Monday, saying the state has no authority to block the release of the predators.
The state is seeking a temporary restraining order that would require the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to get state permission before releasing wildlife – including wolves – in New Mexico.
The wolves are found in parts of southern New Mexico and Arizona.
New Mexico is fighting the federal agency’s insistence that it continue with the wolf recovery program despite opposition over releases and the lack of an updated recovery plan for the species.