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Putting wolves on North Kaibab now might work better
Arizona Daily Sun (Original) Editorial Posted August 22, 2014
When it comes to endangered Mexican gray wolves and restoring them to their historical range, be careful what you wish for.
On the one hand, Arizona Game and Fish and a coalition of ranching and sport-hunting groups wanted to expand the current recovery zone in the White Mountains not to the west or north but south to the Mexican border, where the subspecies originated and presumably would disperse.
On the other, several conservation groups urged federal wildlife managers to allow the wolves to roam as far north as the Grand Canyon and beyond, a range that once supported wolves.
So the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service split the difference in a way that makes neither group happy. Under the final plan released late last month, the wolves will get a dramatically expanded recovery range from I-40 south to the Mexican border across most of Arizona and New Mexico.
For the Game and Fish coalition, that is much too large a territory. Wolves, they say, don't mix with cows and suburbs, and sportsmen aren't too fond of competing with them for elk and deer trophies, either.
For the wolf advocates, it is far too little. The packs need much bigger tracts of true wilderness, and the North Rim is about as close to that as it gets in Arizona.
Wolf Expansion Long Overdue
Arizona Daily Sun (Original) Letter to the Editor Posted on August 17, 2014 by Toni Prothero
To the editor:
I was glad to see coverage in the Daily Sun of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service's proposed rule changes for the Mexican gray wolf reintroduction program. I was also heartened to hear that the USFWS recognizes the need for an expansion of the Mexican wolf range north of I-40 and the admittance that the proposed expansion is inadequate to their recovery.
I ask, then, why the Service is delaying the expansion of their range north of I-40 into suitable habitat, where there are few people and great numbers of elk and deer, and given the grave state of the population now and the precariousness of its survival? I am glad to hear that the Service is planning to get immediately back to work on updating the recovery plan. I am concerned, however, that the Service appears to be delaying the expansion of wolf range to the north till such a time that the plan is completed.
We have been waiting for this plan for decades and we can't wait any longer. The future and survival of the Mexican wolf is at stake. The USFWS needs to step up and do its job of protecting and conserving our native wildlife and landscapes. For the Mexican wolf, the time to do so is now, not at some future, unspecified time.
Feds: No wolves to roam in Grand Canyon
Arizona Daily Sun (Original) Posted on July 25, 2014 by Eric Betz
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is scrapping any immediate plans to allow the beleaguered Mexican gray wolf population to expand north to the Grand Canyon, as many wolf advocates and scientists have advocated in recent years.
But wolves could still roam as far north as Flagstaff, so long as they didn't cross Interstate 40.
On Thursday, the federal government published its long-awaited draft environmental impact statement, as well as revisions to proposed rule changes for the wolf population in Arizona and New Mexico. Depending on the final plan, it could be the most significant change for the Mexican gray wolf since being reintroduced to the wild following their extermination.
The proposal drastically expands the potential wolf habitat beyond its current small range along the New Mexico-Arizona border, where the animal has been limited since 1998. Under most alternatives in the proposed plan, wolves would be able to roam in New Mexico and Arizona from Interstate 40 south to the border of Mexico.
Wolves wandering north to habitat on the San Francisco Peaks or Grand Canyon National Park and beyond would be removed.
Federal Plan Would Expand Wolf Territory in Arizona, New Mexico
The Arizona Republic (Original) Posted on July 24, 2014 by Brandon Loomis
Arizona's imperiled but rebounding wolf population is set to get a vastly increased range, but also perhaps a shorter leash around livestock and wildlife, under new rules proposed by federal wildlife officials.
The Mexican gray wolf — an endangered subspecies that lives only in Arizona, New Mexico, and with one new pack in Mexico — until now has been confined to a 4.4 million-acre forested mountain stronghold called the Blue Range. All releases of captive-bred wolves and transplants of roaming wolves have been confined to that zone straddling the Arizona-New Mexico line in the Apache and Gila national forests.
If the federal proposal is adopted after a 60-day comment period that starts today, wolves that behave themselves will be welcome anywhere south of Interstate 40. On paper, that's 98 million acres, though only about a fifth of that is considered suitable wolf habitat.
Let wild wolves roam in wilderness
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.
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