Protect Endangered Wolves From Death by Brutal Leghold Traps

Target: Sharon Salazar Hickey, Chair of the New Mexico Game Commission

Goal: Close areas occupied by the endangered Mexican gray wolf to commercial and recreational trapping.

Endangered Mexican gray wolves are consistently getting caught in leghold traps in New Mexico and Arizona. According to the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife, 45 wolves have been unintentionally trapped in Mexican wolf territory since 2002, with the most recent reported trapping in November of 2019. Many wolves have experienced injuries, amputation, and even death.

The Mexican gray wolf is an endangered species that the federal government has been working to reintroduce into the wild for decades. They have reached many roadblocks along the way, including poaching, hunting, trapping and political divisiveness. However, reintroduction and recovery efforts have shown moderate success and wolf populations have grown.

Unintentional trapping has become a large threat to the wolves fragile population, particularly in New Mexico. Two bills were proposed in New Mexico, House Bill 366, which is the Wildlife Protection and Public Safety Act and Senate Bill 390, Trapping Regulation Changes. This legislation could have been significant in protecting wolf populations, though both bills have been postponed indefinitely.

The Mexican gray wolf is an apex predator critical to the Southwestern desert ecosystem of the United States. In addition, the wolf is a distinct cultural symbol for Native Americans and others traditionally inhabiting the Southwest. Leghold trapping poses an imminent threat to their population and could reverse the decades-long struggle to recover their species in the wild. Sign below to demand the New Mexico Game Commission close occupied wolf territory to commercial and recreational trapping.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. Salazar Hickey,

The Mexican gray wolf has been fighting extinction for decades. Once again, their populations face an imminent threat that will contribute to their ultimate decimation if action is not taken. Leghold trapping has injured and even caused death to Mexican gray wolves. We cannot afford to lose another wolf.

The mission statement of the New Mexico Game Commission is “Conserving New Mexico’s Wildlife for Future Generations.” I encourage you to apply this statement to the livelihood of the Mexican gray wolf by working with the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife to implement tangible legislation addressing leghold trapping. I demand that you close wolf territory to any recreational or commercial trapping in order to ensure the survival of the Mexican gray wolf.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Tony Hisgett


40 Comments

  1. Anne-Mari Gavin says:

    Feed these cruel evil savage barbarians to the lions crocs or sharks please. NO prison because there they are a burden to the taxpayer!! Just let fhe animals sort them out to stop this cruelty towards animals once and for all.

  2. Daniel Nemar says:

    Looks like the Mexican Government wants to live down to the reputation being promoted by the redneck Trumptards. Well done for proving a pathological liar and his gormless supporters right. Not sure how you managed it, but you are.

    • This is in New Mexico. The U.S.A. So read the article properly then clean up your own back yard. This is happening when Yellowstone is celebrating the recovery of the park thanks to the re-introduction of wolves from Canada because you had killed of all your own

    • You really are a dumbass libertard. This is the USA NOT Mexico, Fucktard! Educate yourself before you speak you illiterate Mutant. Then maybe you can take your panties out of the knot thier in simply because TRUMP wiped his ass with all the demonrats bs…

  3. Beth Nordmeyer says:

    Sharon please please stop this horrid cruelty!

  4. Raymond Stevens says:

    The assholes that do this should have one of those traps sprung on their leg. Let’s see how these cocksuckers like it.

  5. The wolf is neither man’s competitor nor his enemy. He is a fellow creature with whom the earth must be shared. – L. David Mech.

  6. Disgusting, evil, brainless, soulless, sub human savages! Shame on you vile scum. Your punishment awaits in hell. No mercy on your souls. You’ll rot there with your JOKE of a “President.”

  7. Aprille Gilmore says:

    ALL traps that injure are cruel and should be banned. If you are going to cull or hunt, do it humanely. Steel traps are medieval, literally. End what we know is animal torture. And, obviously, if a species is endangered, farmers should just deal with it.

  8. I don’t think that any trapping should be done. ( Except in the case of live trapping in order to save an animal for treatment or relocation). Leg hold traps are cruel. They don’t kill, just maim, causing pain and unbelievable stress. We don’t need any products from this torture. We can certainly live without fur! It isn’t a commodity that we need, just a luxury for uncaring people. So get the traps out of ALL areas not just the wolfs’ habitat.

  9. Let’s trap the nasty trappers! And while they are trapped to f….. them well and good!

    • This method of trapping is unimaginably cruel. It needs to be banned globally. Chair of the New Mexico Game Commission needs to act on this immediately. Learn to share this world with the animals – they are not the enemy

  10. JORGE LESCANO says:

    Let the wolves and other animals living in peace!!

  11. Maria Bertrand says:

    How barbaric and sadistic!!! Treating any animal in this way is torturous. I hope each person that participates in this kind or any kind of trapping feels all the pain, agony they inflict in the very near future.

    New Mexico Game Commission STOP INFLICTING PAIN!
    Wolves have every right to live in peace on this planet!!! DEMOLISH ALL TRAPS….THEY ARE BEYOND CRUEL.

  12. An eye for an eye is required to be implemented!

  13. Michelle Stewart says:

    Leave all the animals alone

  14. It’s hard to believe that in this day and age animals are still being trapped. It’s so damn cruel and many trappers go for days and don’t even check the traps leaving the unfortunate animal to suffer. Some animals will even try to chew their foot off to be free of the trap. All trapping has to be stopped now!

  15. PLEASE USE THE POWER OF YOUR POSTION TO STOP THE BARBARIC USE OF LEG-HOLD TRAPS!!!! THE WOLF POPULATION IS ALREADY ON THE BRINK OF EXTINCTION. . . DO THE REMAINING FEW ALSO HAVE TO dIE A LONG AND AGONIZING DEATH???

  16. NOT IN YOUR NAME!!!! PLEASE DON’T ALLOW THE UNSPEAKABLE CRUEL LEG-HOLD TRAPS!!!! THEY ARE INDISCRIMINATE KILLERS, AND CAUSE A LONG AND EXCRUCIATINGLY PAINFUL DEATH!!!!

  17. Leg hold traps are total savagery! This is not humane, it is cruel and sadistic. We should be better than this.

  18. WHAT IS WRONG WITH NEW MEXICO???? LEG HOLD TRAPS ARE BARBARIC, EXCRUCIATINGLY TORTUOUS AND SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED!! THEY ARE ALSO INDESCRIMINATE, A THREAT TO LIFE OF ANIMALS AND HUMANS-

  19. Wolves were FIRST in New Mexico! LEG-HOLD TRAPS are BESTIAL, SADISTIC and invented by DESENSITIZED and DEHUMANIZED animal-haters. Trapping is the method taken directly from the Dark Ages and should be STOPPED!! ANIMALS SHALL NOT BE VICTIMS!!! USE YOUR BRAINS!! PROTECT these MAJESTIC and FASCINATING animals who have existed on this Planet for thousand of years. SHAME!! SHAME!! SHAME and DISGRACE on New Mexico!!

  20. Nadine brundage says:

    The Mexican Gray wolf is an endangered species, if big bounties were put on these wolf killers, thingS could be different. No much is being done to stop the killing and trapping of these animals.

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