Saturday, January 08, 2022

New Mexico Rancher Loses Grazing Permits Over Slain Wolf

.New Mexico rancher Craig Thiessen will not be allowed to graze his cattle on public lands. The Catron County cattleman killed an endangered Mexican wolf in Gila National Forest six years ago where his cattle were grazing. He pleaded guilty in 2018 to killing the wolf and was sentenced to a year of probation and a $2,300 fine.

Later that year the U.S. Forest Service revoked his permit to graze cattle on the public land. Thiessen challenged that ruling in court, but a federal judge on Friday upheld the USFS decision to bar him from public grazing.

Thiessen has been grazing 286 cows and 143 calves on the 48,000 acres, according to court documents. The USFS has sued Thiessen to remove his cattle...MORE

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