New Mexico Wolf Killer Faces Consequences

Mexican Wolf
The Mexican Gray Wolf is one of the most endangered canid species in the world

In 2015, Craig Thiessen of Datil, NM intentionally trapped an endangered Mexican Gray Wolf and bludgeoned him to death with a shovel.

Facing pressure from hundreds of angry citizens and thirty-three organizations including the Southwest Environmental Center, the Forest Service decided yesterday to revoke the killer's grazing permit. We applaud the Forest Service's decision to hold Thiessen accountable for his actions. 

Sandy Bahr, director for the Sierra Club's Arizona Chapter commented on the decision. “The Forest Service’s decision to take this action is a powerful affirmation that wolves belong on public lands and violent permittees do not,” she said. 

This is a huge victory for wolves, public lands, and wildlife advocates across the state.

See Thiessen's guilty plea here.
See the conservation community's June 2018 letter here.
See Forest Service email to Congressional representatives here.