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Thiessen’s grazing permit was revoked.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.