Urge State and Federal Agencies to End the War on Wolves

Speak up for wolves at September Commission Meetings and call US Fish and Wildlife Service

For years, scientists have warned that more Mexican gray wolves must be released into the wild to improve the wild population’s declining genetic health.

But Arizona’s and New Mexico’s state wildlife agencies are WolfPhotoblocking the release of new wolves.

And the U.S. Fish and Wildlife is deferring  to these states that are clearly hostile to wolves, instead of exercising its federal authority to ensure the recovery of endangered Mexican gray wolves.

All three of these agencies need to hear from wolf advocates. And both states’ wildlife commissions have meetings this month, with Mexican gray wolves on the agenda.
Speak for wolves at the Arizona Game and Fish Commission meeting on Friday, September 4th.

Springerville Town Hall
418 E Main St
Springerville, AZ
Or by Video Teleconference from any regional office except Tucson

The meeting begins at 8 am. The wolf briefing is item 5 on the ShameOnFishAndGameagenda.
Email info@mexicanwolves.org for more information.
The Arizona Game and Fish Commission has a long history of ignoring the best available science and interfering with recovery of these highly endangered animals, including blocking releases of new wolves into the wild, needed to boost the wolves’ declining genetic health, and asking Arizona members of Congress to remove the wolves’ Endangered Species Act protections.

The Commission also pressured the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to loosen restrictions on killing and trapping wolves, to keep wolves from key habitats north of I-40, and to limit the wolf population to a number far below what experts say is needed to reduce the risk of extinction. During the period from 2003 – 2009, when the Adaptive Management Oversight Committee (AMOC) led by Arizona Game and Fish managed the wolf reintroduction project, the wild population declined from 55 to only 42 wolves and 2 breeding pairs.

At their last meeting, the Commission went a step further to undermine wolf recovery, by voting to ban all releases of adult Mexican gray wolves from the 250 wolves in captivity.

You can call or email the members of the Arizona Game and Fish Commission using the talking points and contact information at the bottom of the post here. You can also sign the petition here.

Stand for wolves at the New Mexico Game Commission meeting in Albuquerque on Tuesday, September 29th.

Albuquerque, New Mexico
September 29, 2015
Embassy Suites
1000 Woodward Place NE
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Agenda item no. 7 is “Action to be Taken on United States Fish and Wildlife Service Appeal of the Denial of Application to Release Mexican Gray Wolves.” For more information, email info@mexicanwolves.org.

Super Predators


Looking at Humans as ‘Super Predators’

The outrage following the killing of Cecil the lion by an American hunter last month was a stark reminder of a role that humans hold in nature: top predator.

We hunt not just lions and tigers, but also bears, wolves, deer and elk. We fish tuna, seabass, swordfish and salmon. We kill for food and sport.

But here’s a “what if?”: What if humans were considered as just another predator within the global ecosystem, rather than apart from it? How do our predatory habits compare with those of other top carnivores like lions, bears and sharks?


Wrenched: The Movie


EDWARD ABBEY is often called the “Thoreau of the American West.” Infamous for his viewsWRENCHED banner wtext_01 on the environment and his criticism of public land policies, Abbey emerged from the early sixties conservationist movement with a uniquely sharp wit and sardonic sense of humor. His stories warn about the consequences of commercial over-development in the Southwest. The movie Wrenched chronicles Abbey’s indelible influence on conservation of the Southwest’s vast landscapes and preservation of its wild areas, an influence that endures 20 years after his death and release of his final novel.After the movie, the Conservation League will share highlights of key local issues and how attendees can help conserve and protect the White Mountain’s natural and wild areas for generations to come.

Ed George, a Flagstaff cinematographer who helped film Wrenched, will introduce the movie.

Aug 8, 2015
3:00 PM (Free refreshments at 2:45)

White Mountain Nature Center is located off Highway 260 in Lakeside between the Big Springs Environmental Study Area and the Mountain Meadow Recreation Complex.

Learn more at http://wrenched-themovie.com/


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Enter Now: Grand Canyon Wolf Naming Contest!

Open to children and youth under 18- deadline Thursday, December 4


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has confirmed, through DNA tests on scat, that there is a female northern Rockies gray wolf on the Kaibab National Forest, near the north rim of Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.

This brave female is the first wolf in this area for more than 70 years! This historic and cause for celebration!

We think this amazing pioneer inhabiting an area where wolves once thrived deserves a special name. That’s why groups from all over the west are working together on this contest!

You must be under age 18 to enter. If you would like to help name this unique animal and be part of his or her story, please fill out the form here with your parent or legal guardian*: http://goo.gl/forms/WqfkUrdtTl

The deadline to enter is December 4, 2014

The winning name will be announced by Monday, December 8, 2014.

Background information:

The Kaibab Plateau has forested lands with elevations up to 9,000 feet, surrounded by the sage, grasslands and canyons of lower elevations. It is bordered on the south by the Grand Canyon, on the east and west by tributary canyons of the Colorado River, and on the north by plains that are dissected by the tiers of uplifted cliffs of the Grand Staircase.

Wolves were once native to this part of the Grand Canyon region, but were wiped out by a federal extermination program in the early 1900’s. Scientists say this area is great habitat for wolves.

Mexican gray wolves, a subspecies of gray wolves, live in Arizona and New Mexico but the government won’t allow them to live north of Interstate 40. Gray wolves from the northern Rocky Mountains are mostly in states north of Utah and Colorado and are bigger than Mexican gray wolves, or lobos.

Gray wolves are legendary for traveling long distances, and this wolf would have have traveled hundreds of miles from her home in Wyoming or another Rocky Mountain state through Utah and into Arizona.

Gray wolves are currently federally protected under the Endangered Species Act in Arizona. If this is a wolf, the government should do all in its power to protect her or him.

Wolves are intelligent, feeling animals who often live in families (packs) with their mates, siblings, and pups. Sometimes, like this animal, they travel long distances from their original family to find a mate and start a family of their own.

Enter the contest here

Thank you for helping!

*The information entered in the form will not be used for any commercial purpose or shared with anyone not involved in the contest except for publicity about the contest.

Photos courtesy of National Park Service staff and AZ Game and Fish Department

From mexicanwolves.org

Want your grandchildren to ever hear a wolf?

The Proposed to Change Mexican Wolf Management Policies Doom Wolves

Earth Justice:  To Court for a Recovery Plan  l  Extinction Is Forever  l
MexicanWolfBrianGratwicke_smSpeak out against draft plan to allow more killing of critically endangered wolves! Deadline Sept. 23The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has released a draft proposal to change the rules governing the Mexican wolf reintroduction.

The draft proposal, if implemented, will seriously jeopardize the continued existence of critically endangered Mexican gray wolves, who currently number less than 90 in the wild. The proposal ignores the best available science and recommendations by top wolf scientists.

  • USFWS proposes to allow more Mexican wolves to be shot, trapped, and permanently removed from the wild.
  • The proposal continues to designate the wild population of lobos as “non-essential,” failing to give them additional protections necessary to their survival.
  • And, while it does expand the area wolves can roam, it restricts them to parts of New Mexico and Arizona below I-40, even though leading wolf scientists say that populations of Mexican wolves north of I-40 are essential to the lobo’s recovery.

The only completely good thing it does is to finally allow new wolves from the captive breeding population to be released into a larger area, a change desperately needed for genetic rescue of the wild population.

USFWS has released this draft proposal with a draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for public comment.

Here are some of the ways you can help:
Submit comments on the draft proposal by 9/23/14. An individual, personalized comment submission that includes these specific talking points will have the most weight. If you’re short on time, you can just copy and paste these directly into the comment form.

1. I support expanding the area in which direct releases of Mexican wolves can occur, the one critical change included in the proposed rule.

  • This change has been recommended by experts for over 10 years and needs to be implemented immediately. Currently, new releases are hindered because they can only happen in part of Arizona.

2. The USFWS should eliminate boundaries to the wolves’ movement. The draft proposed rule prevents wolves returning to northern New Mexico and southern Colorado or to the Grand Canyon region, including northern Arizona and southern Utah. (See Map)

  • Preventing movement into northern New Mexico and southern Colorado and the Grand Canyon region, including northern Arizona and southern Utah, contradicts the best available science, which confirms that those areas are essential for Mexican wolf recovery.
  • Additional populations of Mexican wolves are necessary to their recovery and genetic health, as is the ability for wolves to move between populations.
  • Not allowing wolves outside of the Mexican Wolf Experimental Population Area will result in more captures that can result in death or trauma to the wolves. We can’t afford to lose rare Mexican wolves just because they crossed an arbitrary, scientifically unsupported boundary. There should be no restrictions on the movements of Mexican wolves.

3. The USFWS should designate Mexican gray wolves as essential.

  • The current labeling all of the wild wolves as “nonessential” ignores science and the reality of 15 years of experience with reintroducing wolves.
  • The USFWS claims that even if all of the 83 wolves in the wild are wiped out this is not “likely to appreciably reduce the likelihood” of recovery of Mexican wolves in the wild is unsupported by science or common sense.
  • The 83 wolves in the wild have up to four generations of experience in establishing packs and raising pups and are over 22% of all of the Mexican wolves in the world.
  • After multiple generations of captive breeding with few releases, scientists warn that there may be serious genetic problems making captive wolves less able to thrive in the wild.
  • The fourth generation wild lobos are not expendable and are essential to recovering this unique subspecies of wolf.

4. The USFWS needs to quit stalling and complete a comprehensive recovery plan.

  • USFWS admits that their present, typewritten, 1982 recovery plan is not scientifically sound and does not meet current legal requirements – yet in its proposed rule USFWS continues to ignore the best available science and the recommendations of its own science recovery planning subgroup.
  • Current proposals should contain no provisions that would preclude future recovery options.

5. The proposed expanded provisions for “take” (killing, trapping, and removals) of these critically endangered wolves are unacceptable and will not contribute to the wolves’ recovery.

  • Science-based program reviews have shown, and the USFWS has acknowledged, that the killing and permanent removal of wolves by agency managers to resolve “conflicts” has been a major cause of failing to meet the reintroduction objective.
  • The proposed rule changes offer additional excuses for removing wolves. USFWS needs to tighten restrictions for “take” of Mexican wolves, not loosen them.

Submit your comments electronically here: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FWS-R2-ES-2013-0056-6056

Or by U.S. mail or hand delivery to:
Public Comments
Processing, Attn: FWS–R2–ES–2013–
0056; Division of Policy and Directives
Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service Headquarters, MS: BPHC, 5275
Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041–3803.

You can also sign a comment petition here.

Ask your elected officials to weigh in for Mexican wolf recovery. The message to protect wolves will be best received when delivered respectfully and with a focus on evidence and science.

Contact information can be found by entering your address here: http://www.contactingthecongress.org/

Ask everyone you know to act for Mexican wolves before it’s too late.

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Copy and paste this alert into an email and send it to your networks.


We are going all out to ensure that thousands of comments are submitted calling on USFWS to enact only the changes that will promote lobo recovery. This involves numerous expenses, including costs of paid advertising, printed materials, hearing transportation, lodging and refreshments, and supplies. Any amount you can donate will help.

To make a donation, go here.

USFWS’s decision on the proposed rule can help Mexican wolves finally thrive or can push them closer to extinction.

Please act today.

Thank you for giving these special wolves a voice in their future.

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Earth Justice:  We are going to court for wolves
A Brush with Extintion

Only an estimated 83 wild Mexican gray wolves remain in the United States, yet the Fish and Wildlife Service refuses to develop a legally sound, scientifically based recovery plan to protect them.

We’re waging an emergency battle in court to save these endangered wolves. Will you help us win this and other legal battles?

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Thirty-eight years after receiving protection under the Endangered Species Act, the Mexican gray wolf remains the most endangered mammal in North America and the most endangered subspecies of gray wolf in the world.Following the Mexican gray wolf listing as an endangered species in 1976, the United States and Mexico collaborated to capture all lobos remaining in the wild. This extreme measure prevented the lobos’ extinction. Five wild Mexican wolves (four males and one pregnant female) were captured alive in Mexico from 1977 to 1980 and used to start a captive breeding program. The captive population is managed for maximum genetic integrity by experts with the Mexican Wolf Species Survival Plan.

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