New Mexico rancher plans to appeal after grazing license was revoked

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FILE – In this undated file photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a Mexican gray wolf leaves cover at the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro County, N.M. Wildlife managers have confirmed that a record number of Mexican gray wolves have been reported dead this year, fueling concerns about the decades-long effort to […]

A New Mexico rancher who lost his license after killing a Mexican gray wolf says he will appeal part of his punishment. 

Mexican gray wolves are threatened, so killing them is only allowed if a person is defending people or livestock. 

Craig Thiessen trapped one of the wolves near Datil, then hit it with a shovel.

The 10-month-old pup died. 

Thiessen’s grazing permit was revoked. Without it, Thiessen has no livelihood. 

There is a proposal in Congress to de-list the species because their numbers have grown significantly over the last few decades. 

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