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Arizona Daily Sun (Original) Letter to the Editor Posted on June 13, 2014 by Nicole Walker

To the editor:

The Mexican gray wolf, nearly eradicated to a population of only seven, was reintroduced to a small contiguous region in New Mexico and Arizona in 1998. Since then, the number of wolves in the region has grown to only 83 — a much, much smaller number than is feasible for genetic viability. The proposed expanded "wolf zone" is bounded by two freeways, I-10 and I-40.

If a wolf crosses beyond the boundaries of this narrow band of land, it is "relocated," which often does not go well for the wolf.

It is time to let the wolf roam further north, toward the Grand Canyon, where the people who live there and visit there do so for what the wolf represents: open spaces, ecologically sound land, wild animals and the dream of wilderness.

Wolves are not the dangerous animals conveyed by the media. They are intelligent, family-oriented creatures. A bit like us.

Even if we put all human proclivities above animals, we, by confining the wolf to one small region and preventing the wolf population from growing, effectively destroy the wildness of wilderness.

Nicole Walker


Editorial: Game and Fish Should Wait For Full Wolf EIS

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Arizona Daily Sun (Original) Posted May 15, 2014, Editorial

There is no easy answer to the question: Why bring back endangered Mexican gray wolves?

The habitat in eastern Arizona and western New Mexico has been changed through logging and ranching.

The land beyond the initial release zone is full of dangerous, high-speed highways.

And there is strong criticism in the region of federal land management, undermining any federal effort to make the reintroduction program collaborative.

Any one of those factors would make the wolf project difficult; taken together, they would seem to doom it.

But federal wildlife managers have pressed on, and recently they have taken the initiative on two fronts.

State: No Mexican gray wolves for Flagstaff area

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Arizona Daily Sun (Original) Posted May 11, 2014 by Eric Betz

A collection of hunting advocacy groups have signed onto a plan with the Arizona Department of Game and Fish, calling Mexican gray wolf recovery impossible in the Southwest without habitat in Mexico. The plan seeks to create a corridor that would allow wolves to head toward Mexico and disperse.

Conservationists said the state plan is not based on science and would harm efforts to re-establish wolves in the Southwest.

Game and Fish bases its plan on a contested claim that 90 percent of the Mexican gray wolf historical range lies south of the U.S. border. The state plan would restrict habitat north of the border to areas it defines as historical habitat.

The state agency would also keep wolves from reaching Flagstaff and all areas west of Payson because they have a poor "prey base" and are too heavily populated with humans. The plan says that the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, as well as Colorado and Utah, should not be used because they are outside the historical range of the wolf.

But the state's idea that Mexican wolves should stay in a restricted historical region, including south of Interstate 40, contrasts with a scientific research as well as a draft recovery plan leaked from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service several years ago.

Researchers studying wolf genetics at the University of California Los Angeles found that northern gray wolves wandered as far south as Arizona and Mexican wolves roamed north in Utah and Colorado. Their genetics were mixed and biologists say they can't rule out that Mexican gray wolves might have originally come south from Canada.

Guest Column: Game and Fish plan makes it easier to kill wolves

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Arizona Republic (Original) Posted May 7, 2014 by Sandy Bahr

Bahr: 'Extinction alternative' shows how out of touch the department is with Arizonans

Larry Voyles' column on Monday, "Mexican wolf proposal offers needed balance," is just one example of how the Arizona Game and Fish Department and its commission are out of step with wildlife conservation and the vast majority of the public.

The proposal Game and Fish calls the "cooperating agencies alternative" is a collection of previously discarded policies that failed to promote wolf recovery in the past and will not promote wolf recovery in the future. It will keep wolves from truly regaining their role in supporting healthy ecosystems and will surely contribute to their demise, if not a second extinction in the wild.

Guest Opinion: Game and Fish can't be trusted with wolf program

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Arizona Daily Star (Original) Posted April 30, 2014 by Tim Steller

Arizona's Game and Fish commissioners want you to trust them with the Mexican gray wolf recovery program. Again.

From 2003 through 2009, Arizona Game and Fish led the program through a broader group called the Adaptive Management Oversight Committee. During those years, the known wolf population in eastern Arizona and western New Mexico went from 55 to 42.

Then, in 2009, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was forced, through a lawsuit settlement, to take greater control of the program. The settlement also voided a rule that mandated killing wolves that preyed on livestock three times within any 365-day period.

From 2010 to 2013, the wolf population in the area rose from 50 to 83.

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