The Arizona House has passed a bill that would strip state wildlife officials of the authority to stop the killing of Mexican gray wolves in certain circumstances. The bill is now in the Senate, where conservation organizations say its prospects are good.
House Bill 2181 bars the state Game and Fish Commission from prohibiting a person from killing a wolf if the person feels threatened or if their livestock or pets are threatened. The bill doesn’t explicitly say that only the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the federal wildlife management agency, can set rules for killing Mexican wolves, but that would be the result if it became law.