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Press Release: Grand Canyon Wolf Named “Echo” in World-wide Contest
For Immediate Release, December 11, 2014
Contact: Emily Renn, (928) 202-1325, Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project
Ellen Winchester, (928) 638-2389, owner, Kaibab Lodge
Angela Tanner, (208) 230-1090, mother of contest winner Zachary Tanner
Kim Crumbo, (928) 606-5850, Grand Canyon Wildlands Council
Maggie Howell, (914) 763-2373, Wolf Conservation Center
Kirk Robinson, (801) 468-1535, Western Wildlife Conservancy
Alison Huyett, (410) 693-1591, Pacific Wolf Coalition
Kurt Holtzen, National Wolfwatcher Coalition Northern Rockies Representative
Grand Canyon Wolf Named "Echo" in World-wide Contest
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz.— The endangered female gray wolf recently confirmed north of Grand Canyon National Park now has a name-Echo. Her name was chosen from over 500 entries in a contest sponsored by conservation groups across the western U.S. and by facilities who house and breed wolves for endangered species recovery. Ten-year old contest winner Zachary Tanner from Milwaukie, Oregon, said he chose the name Echo "because she came back to the Grand Canyon like an Echo does."
DNA tests from scat show that Echo traveled hundreds of miles from the Northern Rockies to the Grand Canyon region, an area that scientists identified as one of the last best places in the Southwest for wolves. A government extermination campaign in the early twentieth century wiped out the region's native wolves by the early 1940's. Echo is the first wolf confirmed in the area since. She is currently fully protected under the Endangered Species Act, but could be left completely vulnerable to shooting and trapping under an Obama administration plan to strip legal protections for gray wolves nation-wide, ignoring the majority of 1.6 million public comments calling for continued protections.
In his winning contest entry, Zachary said he cares about wolves because "they are a part of the food chain, and they are so beautiful and we need them. All of them. All of every creature. We need them. "
Rules allowing wolf kills loosened
Arizona Daily Sun (Original) Posted on December 11, 2014 by Emery Cowan
The Mexican wolf is the rarest and most genetically distinct subspecies of all North American gray wolves. It was listed as an endangered subspecies in 1976 when just seven animals remained in the United States. The first wolves were reintroduced into the wild in 1998 and the population has since grown to an estimated 83 animals.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a final environmental impact statement on proposed regulation changes regarding Mexican wolf management last month and is going through a last comment period before finalizing the document. The new rules will eventually allow the wolves to roam throughout a much larger area of southern New Mexico and Arizona but would increase the circumstances under which the animals could be killed, relocated or returned to captivity.
Study: Wolf kills might not work
Arizona Daily Sun (Original) Posted on December 11, 2014 by Emery Cowan
Michael Robinson has been monitoring Mexican wolf populations for years, tracking how they fluctuate and whether those fluctuations affect the number of fatal attacks on livestock each year.
The Center for Biological Diversity conservation advocate firmly believes rules for managing the federally protected wolves' recovery have been warped by political forces and riddled with loopholes for when wolves can be killed or removed from their habitat.
"It shows science is taking a backseat to the livestock industry's demands," Robinson said.
Now, Robinson and other conservation groups fighting for changes to federal Mexican wolf management policies appear to have more fuel for their arguments, thanks to a study published last week about wolf-livestock interactions. The long-range, multi-state study throws into doubt the effectiveness of killing wolves to prevent their impact on livestock. In fact, it concluded that strategy mostly does not work.
Press Release: Endangered Mexican Gray Wolf Rule Would Hinder Species Recovery
Revised Management of Reintroduced Lobos a Risky Roadmap to Extinction
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, November 25, 2014
Media Contacts: Drew Kerr, WildEarth Guardians, (312) 375-6104;
Kim Crumbo, Grand Canyon Wildlands Council, (928) 606-7870;
Sandy Bahr, Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter, (602) 999-5790;
Kim Vacariu, Wildlands Network, (520) 558-0165;
Emily Renn, Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project, (928) 202-1325;
Billie Hughes, Great Old Broads for Wilderness, (575) 635-2655;
Russell Winn, White Mountain Conservation League, (575) 635-5811
FLAGSTAFF, ARIZ—Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) released revisions to the federal rule governing endangered Mexican gray wolf reintroduction, which would obstruct the imperiled subspecies' recovery. The Service's Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and draft record of decision propose alterations to government management of America's only wild population of one of the world's most critically endangered mammals. The changes would expand the wild Mexican wolves' territory but restrict them from repopulating large areas of their former native range, and increase shooting, trapping and removals of the iconic animals.
The EIS and rule differ significantly from the draft versions the Service offered last September for public comment. They ignore much of the best available science on Mexican wolf recovery, instead incorporating demands made by Mexican wolf reintroduction opponents that would threaten the wolves' return to and recovery in the wild.
Gray Wolf Near Grand Canyon’s North Rim Endured Long, Harrowing Journey
KNAU and Arizona News (Original) Aired on November 24, 2014 by Ryan Heinsius
Officials with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have confirmed that the animal spotted near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon is a gray wolf. As Arizona Public Radio's Ryan Heinsius reports, it's the first of its kind to be seen in the area in more than 70 years.
Wildlife managers say the female Rocky Mountain gray wolf traveled at least 450 miles from its original population. She is wearing an inactive radio collar suggesting she came from as far as Idaho, Wyoming or Montana. It's the first sighting near the North Rim since the animals were eradicated in northern Arizona in the 1930s.
Emily Renn is the executive director of the Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project. She says though it's rare for wolves to successfully disperse such a long distance, it's not impossible.
"She had to have crossed highways, roads and inhospitable landscapes with private property and places that really aren't very friendly to wolves to find this excellent habitat," Renn says.
Renn says this could be the beginning of a resurgence of the animals in the area.
"Wolves are considered a keystone species in ecosystems. And it just overall just makes ecosystems more resilient to change by having all of their key components still in place," Renn says.
Biologists confirmed the animal's species through DNA analysis of its scat. Gray wolves are protected under the federal Endangered Species Act.
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