The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is currently proposing several changes to its Mexican gray wolf management plan. The proposed changes that were released last Wednesday stem from a decision made by U.S. District Court Judge Jennifer Zipps in April 2018, after a coalition of anti-hunting groups filed a lawsuit against the USFWS.
As part of that 2018 decision, Zipps ruled that several provisions outlined in the agency’s original 2015 management plan violated the agency’s duty under the Endangered Species Act. One of these provisions—and the one that stirred up the most controversy—would have set a population cap of 325 wolves, and would have allowed wildlife managers to allow hunting of Mexican wolves as soon as the population exceeded that number.