Many may agree with the Forest Service that maintaining a positive relationship with ranchers who use public lands — which are owned by the public and funded by tax payers — to graze their cattle is necessary.
But what is more necessary is that justice is served when people (including ranchers) break federal laws (the Endangered Species Act and New Mexican State animal abuse laws).
I am pleased to hear that the guilty party’s grazing permit has been canceled. But this man belongs in jail, and justice cannot and will not be served until that is the case.
There are far too many gray wolves in the Southwest that are killed illegally each year. And in this case, the person maliciously killed an animal. The federal government should do more to prosecute anyone who has killed an endangered animal.
And yes, that even includes ranchers.
Linda Peet Dugan