There's disturbing news out of New Mexico: A Wildlife Services agent very likely killed a Mexican gray wolf in January. Worse still, the government is evidently trying to keep the truth about this incident from the public.
Every year Wildlife Services kills tens of thousands of animals -- and these killings are frequently hidden under a veil of government secrecy. The public has the right to know the circumstances around the January killing.
We need your help to hold the agency accountable and prevent future senseless killings.
This marks the 13th time federal agents have shot a Mexican gray wolf since their reintroduction began in 1998. Mexican gray wolves -- with just three breeding pairs in the Southwest -- are hanging on by a thread in New Mexico and Arizona.
Take action now to end the secrecy and protect wolves across the country. Tell U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to call for a full and open investigation into the wolf's death.
Dear Secretary Vilsack,
On Jan. 19 a Wildlife Services agent shot and killed what was likely an endangered Mexican gray wolf. The agency subsequently kept this information and details of the incident from the public.
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We call on you to work with the Inspector General's office to investigate the circumstances surrounding the killing and why the information was not publicly released.
We also ask that the agent involved be suspended, pending the results of the investigation.
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