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Conservations sue federal government over policies on Mexican gray wolves

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TUCSON, Arizona — A group of conservation organizations has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over its policies on Mexican gray wolves.

The Western Environmental Law Center filed the suit in Tucson this week on behalf of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance and Friends of Animals.

The groups claim the federal government isn't doing enough to protect Mexican wolves, an endangered species. They take issue with a final rule issued in January that caps the Mexican gray wolf population at 300 to 325 wolves, prevents wolves from colonizing in certain areas and allows more killing of the wolves by federal agents and private landowners.

A survey released in February showed 109 wolves in Arizona and New Mexico, more than at any time since a re-introduction program began in 1998.

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