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Arizona Daily Sun (Original) Letter to the Editor Posted January 31, 2016 by David Lash
To the editor:
"Wolves are the only animal that kill for pleasure." A concerned sportsman presented this belief as fact at a Game and Fish hearing dealing with the reintroduction of the Mexican gray wolf.
Poaching slows Mexican wolf population recovery
The Arizona Rebublic (Original) Posted January 27, 2016 by Brandon Loomis
After the wild Mexican wolf population tops 100 for the first time, 15 illegal shootings may slow recovery.
ALPINE — Biologists hauled a 60-pound Mexican gray wolf from the chopper on Monday, limp but healthy with a lush winter mane.
They called it the wolf's worst day in months — dazed from having been darted from above, still rapidly licking his nose through a blindfold muzzle — but the male wolf was one of the fortunate among a divisive and still-embattled breed that has weathered an especially perilous year of poachings.
Unknown shooters have illegally killed at least 15 Mexican wolves since officials reported a year ago that a record 110 were roaming wild in eastern Arizona and western New Mexico, according to a lead state biologist on the recovery program.
The poaching losses tripled from 2014, and were likely unprecedented in the 18 years since the first captive-bred lobos brought their once-exiled howls back to the Blue Range spanning the Apache and Gila national forests.
Wolf-recovery specialists, like those in Alpine this week, are working to make sure the survivors flourish instead of backsliding to a more critically endangered status.
Arizona Daily Sun (Original) Posted January 24, 2016 by Emery Cowan
Annual counts of endangered Mexican gray wolves in New Mexico and Arizona began in 2005. The counts provide an update on the species' recovery in the Southwest, while also giving biologists a chance to collect valuable information on certain animals that are temporarily captured. Biologists fit those animals with tracking collars, draw blood samples and measure them, all of which aid research and management of the population.
Being able to track the canids is key to figuring out appropriate areas for future releases of captive wolves into the wild because those new additions can't be put into territory already claimed by another pack, said Sherry Barrett, Mexican wolf recovery coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The successful release into the wild of adults raised in captivity is fundamental to maintaining the diversity of the Mexican gray wolf population and preventing detrimental impacts of inbreeding, Barrett said. If animals that are too closely related begin mating, it can result in outcomes like birth defects or smaller litter sizes, she said.
Anatomy of a wolf count
Arizona Daily Sun (Original) Posted January 24, 2016 by Emery Cowan
GILA NATIONAL FOREST -- It took only a millisecond after wildlife officials opened the door of his crate for M1296, a male Mexican gray wolf, to dart out onto a smooth sheet of sun-crusted snow.
He started at a sprint but after 30 yards or so, 1296 slowed down to a walk and began weaving and stumbling, looking perplexed. It was as if he had just landed on another planet.
A few minutes later, though, the handsome, tan and cinnamon-colored wolf found his bearings and was off, loping through the ponderosa pines of New Mexico's Gila National Forest.
Wildlife Officials Report Four Mexican Gray Wolf Deaths in December
KNAU (Original) Posted January 22, 2016 By Ryan Heinsius
Four endangered Mexican gray wolves were found dead last December in Arizona and New Mexico. It's the first time in three months that wildlife officials have reported deaths in the population that makes up the Mexican Wolf Reintroduction Project. Arizona Public Radio's Ryan Heinsius reports.
An adult female wolf and a juvenile were found dead in Arizona, and two other adult wolves were found dead in New Mexico. The Arizona Game and Fish Department says the incidents are under investigation, and didn't identify the causes of death.
Illegal killing of Mexican gray wolves has created challenges for federal and state wildlife managers since reintroduction of the species in the late 1990s.
Last year, Game and Fish and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determined about 110 Mexican gray wolves roamed eastern Arizona and New Mexico. The yearly aerial count of the animals is again underway.
Fish and Wildlife is currently writing a recovery plan for the wolves. A previous draft included a larger population and the expansion of the animal's territory into areas near the Grand Canyon. But Gov. Doug Ducey, along with the governors or Utah, New Mexico and Colorado, recently sent letters to Interior Secretary Sally Jewel opposing any increase in the Mexican gray wolf's range.
- A contentious backdrop
- Science, majority of Utahns support return of the Lobo
- Should Utah welcome the endangered Mexican wolf?
- Gov. Doug Ducey's hard line sets up battle over expanding Mexican wolf territory
- Column: Montini: Siding with real wolves over political ones
- Op-ed: Utah Wildlife Board’s anti-wolf rhetoric is a century behind
- Editorial: If Utah can help Mexican wolves recover, we should let them in
- Does imperiled Mexican gray wolf belong in Utah? No way, 4 states say
- Wolf reintroduction: Point/Counterpoint
- Game commissions unqualified on wolves
- New Mexico wildlife panel denies federal wolf permit appeal
- Op-ed: Hunter’s story of wolf killing is highly dubious
- Commission follows politics, not science
- Theology, biology agree on wolves
- Mexican wolves still threatened by Gosar bill
- Wolves far from in recovery
- Press Release: Mexican Gray Wolf Supporters Rally at Arizona Game and Fish Meeting
- Wolves backed by science, public
- Utah hunter who killed gray wolf won't be charged
- No charges against Utah cougar hunter who killed Echo the wandering wolf: “I had a shot and took it.”
- Removing wolf protection will be lethal
- Gosar bill is wolf in sheep’s clothing
- More killed by cows than wolves
- Managing wolves means better data
- Why not simply release more wolves?
- Cross-fostering pups a partial solution
- Wolf adoption becomes part of species recovery plan
- Release more wolves from captivity
- Missouri site helping effort to repopulate US wolves
- Press Release: A Celebration of Our Environment!
- Opinion: The wolf’s journey ends in Utah
- Lessons From the Brief, Lonesome Life of Echo the Wolf
- Press Release: Endangered Mexican gray wolf population reaches 109
- Wolf killed in Utah was animal from rare Arizona sighting
- Press Release: Confirmed - Echo, the First Wolf in Over 70 years at Grand Canyon, Is Dead
- What's a wolf to do? Go vegan, apparently
- Wolves get more area to roam in Ariz., N.M.
- OPINION: Who has lived long enough to listen objectively to the howl of a wolf?
- Hoooowl no! Canyon wolf may have been killed
- Press Release: Grand Canyon Wolf Named “Echo” in World-wide Contest
- Rules allowing wolf kills loosened
- Study: Wolf kills might not work
- Press Release: Endangered Mexican Gray Wolf Rule Would Hinder Species Recovery
- Gray Wolf Near Grand Canyon’s North Rim Endured Long, Harrowing Journey
- Press Release: DNA Tests Confirm First Wolf in Over 70 years is Living near Grand Canyon’s North Rim
- Wolves, livestock have coexisted elsewhere
- Gray wolves return to Grand Canyon?
- Gray Wolf Spotted in Grand Canyon for First Time in Decades?
- Wolf-like animal seen roaming in northern Arizona
- Like fox guarding the henhouse
- Wolves, antelope can co-exist
- Putting wolves on North Kaibab now might work better
- Wolf Expansion Long Overdue
- Feds: No wolves to roam in Grand Canyon
- Federal Plan Would Expand Wolf Territory in Arizona, New Mexico
- Let wild wolves roam in wilderness
- Editorial: Game and Fish Should Wait For Full Wolf EIS
- State: No Mexican gray wolves for Flagstaff area
- Guest Column: Game and Fish plan makes it easier to kill wolves
- Guest Opinion: Game and Fish can't be trusted with wolf program
- Wild Battle Rages Over Wolves, Wilderness And Politics Of Extinction
- Brewer vetoes bill letting ranchers kill endangered wolves on federal lands
- Wolves make the elk herd strong
- State Legislature Attempts to Limit Federal Wolf Reintroduction
- Alpha wolf pack sighted in Flagstaff
- Wolf Wanderers blog post
- Letter to the Editor: Thorpe's wolf story too one-sided
- Anti-wolf bills clear case of over-reaction
- House should listen to public on wolf issue
- Bob Thorpe trims wolf proposal
- Legislators work to cap gray wolves in Arizona
- Denying federal authority costly, inconsistent
- Wolves are in the crosshairs, thanks to Sen. Gail Griffin
- Thorpe takes up cause of Arizona ranchers losing cattle to wolves
- Wolf plan reignites passions
- National Wolf Awareness Week Event to Affect the Future of Wolves in AZ
- Mexican gray wolf: Where the wild things aren’t
- New study forecasts genetic risks to wolves in western US unless dispersal can connect isolated populations
- Letter to the Editor: Writer's wolf argument holds water
- Coconino Voices: Wolves deserve wider range
- Letter to the Editor: Let wolves roam more widely
- Editorial: Wolf expansion plan needs more details
- Wolves to roam toward Flagstaff?
- Arizona Endangered Wolves Still On The Brink
- Press Release: Scientists Call on Obama Administration to Keep Gray Wolves Protected Under Endangered Species Act
- Sedona Lecture Series focuses on Mexican Gray Wolf – April 8
- Howling-Good Films: Wild and Scenic Film Festival Visits Flagstaff and Benefits Local Wolf Recovery Project
- 15 Years of Mexican Gray Wolves: Celebrate or Sob?
- Arizona commission backs request to remove wolves from endangered list
- Wolves in Utah
- Attempt to strip dollars for anti-wolf lobbyist fails
- Why keep wolves out?
- Editorial: Just cry wolf
- Anti-wolf group likely to get second $300,000 Utah payment
- Legislators steering another $300,000 to anti-wolf crusade
- Expert: Still a Long Road Ahead for Mexican Wolf Recovery
- Why not control elk with wolves?
- Number Rose for Endangered Wolves in 2012
- Elk Targeted Over Aspen
- Grand Canyon Elk Go From Attraction To Menace