Stand for Wolves on December 5th, 2014 in Phoenix!
December 5, 2014 - AZ Game and Fish Commission Meeting
AZ Game and Fish Department Headquarters
5000 W. Carefree Highway
Phoenix, AZ 85086
Mexican wolves will likely be on the agenda, probably NOT in a positive way. We need as many pro-wolf supporters as possible to attend the meeting and speak up on behalf of wolves. Even just being there to show your support will have a big impact.
Mexican wolves are a federally endangered species whose reintroduction is the responsibility of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
But the Arizona Game Commission wants to manage wolves in ways that threaten their survival and recovery.
Please stand up for the Mexican wolf at the AZ Game Commission meeting on December 5th in Phoenix.
In recent years, the Commission has pushed for Mexican wolves to be stripped of federal endangered species protections, for rules that would allow wolves to be killed or removed for taking "too many" elk or deer, their natural prey, and for an end to releases of new wolves from captivity, even though releases are desperately needed to increase the wild population's genetic health.
The lobos need as many pro-wolf supporters as possible to attend the meeting and speak up on their behalf!
The Mexican gray wolf item is #20 on the agenda, which can be found here.
Remember, there are only a total of 83 Mexican Gray Wolves in the wild in Arizona and New Mexico - a pathetic number after 16 years of the program. Don't miss this opportunity to help them recover to a viable population.
CLICK HERE for Arizona Game Commissioners contact info.
Additional Upcoming Special Events
Grand Canyon Wolf Naming Contest - Youth ages 18 years old and under may enter now through December 4, 2014!
Enter your name for the female wolf living on the Kaibab Plateau near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. See details here!
Read recent news articles about the Grand Canyon wolf here.
Join the Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project, National WolfWatcher Coalition, and www.mexicanwolves.org in building and walking with our awesome wolf-themed float for the Flagstaff Festival of Lights Parade
Parade starts on December 13, 2014 at 6:00 pm
if you would like to be involved in our float for the parade.
The Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project is excited to host our wolf advocacy campaign annual camping trips and hike from June to October 2014 that will follow a natural dispersal corridor, connecting the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area (where Mexican gray wolves currently live) to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon (where we are advocating for their return). Mexican wolves are capable of traversing hundreds of miles, and need room to roam in order to establish a metapopulation structure to preserve remaining genetic diversity.
Two wolves have been documented in the Flagstaff area since the initial release of Mexican wolves into Arizona in 1998. In 2000, a female Mexican wolf wandered northward, eventually traveling over 200 miles until a vehicle struck and killed her just twelve miles north of Flagstaff on US Highway 89. In 2001, federal and state wildlife agencies reported that a radio-collared, yearling male lobo traveled from his reintroduction site in the Apache National Forest to the Mormon Lake vicinity on the Coconino National Forest south of Flagstaff. The agency biologists later tracked him moving south to Clear Creek and then eastward along the Mogollon Rim headwaters. It is possible he was following the scent of the female wolf who traveled this route before him, seeking out a mate he would never find. Our sojourner was shot and illegally killed in early 2002. As a community awareness event, the Paseo del Lobo hike offers participants a unique opportunity to learn more about little-known stories like this, as well as current efforts to help critically-endangered wolves make their way back to the wild.
Volunteers will be expected to serve as a positive spokesperson for Mexican wolf recovery, sharing your photographs and video experiences of the trail!
We will provide participants with a detailed map of their section, overview maps of the area, GPS unit with the trail track loaded, a first aid kit, satellite phone (for emergency uses), a digital camera, and hand-held video camera. We will meet hikers or bikers at the trail head each morning at 9 am (unless another start time is pre-arranged and confirmed) and volunteers will meet you at the end of the trail section each afternoon for a shuttle back to your personal vehicle at the trail head.
Help us make the Paseo del Lobo a success for Mexican wolves
Our sponsorship form will be available online shortly, but you can contact Emily now if you would like to sponsor the event!
Or, if you just want to donate a few dollars, you can do so via the paypal form at the bottom of any page on this website. Every transaction takes place in a secure environment at paypal's server, but you don't need a paypal account to complete the transaction. We have a wish-list below if you want to let us know which one of the items you would like to help us purchase. There is a note field on the paypal donation form.
We also have a wish list if you would like to make a donation of one of the needed items.