The Washington Post

U.S. Indian tribes request emergency help for wolves

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Dozens of Native American tribes asked President Joe Biden’s administra­tion Tuesday to put in place emergency protection­s for gray wolves, saying states have become too aggressive in hunting the animal.

Groups representi­ng the tribes sent a letter to Interior Secretary Deb Haaland asking her to act quickly on an emergency petition they filed in May to place the wolf back on the government list of endangered or threatened species. They also asked Haaland, a member of Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico and the first Native American to lead a Cabinet agency, to relist the wolf on an emergency basis for 240 days, ensuring immediate protection.

The letter notes that wolves play a key role for many Indian tribes’ cultures and accuses the federal government of failing to listen to their concerns about removing the wolf from the endangered species list in January.

Department of the Interior spokesman Tyler Cherry declined to comment on the letter.

 ?? DAWN VILLELLA/ASSOCIATED PRESS ?? After aggressive hunting of the gray wolf, tribes want it protected as an endangered or threatened species.
DAWN VILLELLA/ASSOCIATED PRESS After aggressive hunting of the gray wolf, tribes want it protected as an endangered or threatened species.

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