Please submit comments to the Arizona Game and Fish Commission by October 16th
The Arizona Game and Fish Commission has proposed a new rule change in another attempt to drive the Mexican gray wolf to extinction. The rule change would require the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to get a state permit before releasing any additional Mexican gray wolves into the wild, but the state's ongoing opposition to wolves is already painfully clear. This new change would make it even harder for the federal government to do its job and recover lobos.
Plan to give oral testimony at the Commission meeting in Phoenix on December 2, 2016
8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ
You may also provide oral testimony via live telecast from one of the AZ Game and Fish Department regional offices on the day of the meeting.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is required by federal law, under the Endangered Species Act, to recover the Mexican gray wolf. Releases of wolves to the wild is a critical component of that recovery. This proposed rule change is another instance where a state that is hostile to lobo recovery is using politics to drive the lobo to extinction. Arizona has been emboldened by similar rules in New Mexico that have temporarily halted lobo recovery pending a court challenge to their legality. We must send a clear message to the unelected Arizona Game and Fish Commission that what the lobos need is science-based recovery, not political meddling!
Don't let politics slow wolf releases, please urge the Commission to abandon this rule change.
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 needed to hike, bike, join trail support teams, or help with special events!
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, and go over maps of the area to help with directions, and trail recommendations. You will gather a group of your friends to lead on a Paseo del Lobo section hike, to help educate others about the incredible wolf habitat available in the Grand Canyon region. Take photo postcards with a short message from your hike for us to share online with others around the world to see!
Help us make the Paseo del Lobo a success for Mexican wolves
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