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Wolves backed by science, public
Arizona Daily Sun (Original) Letter to the Editor Posted July 12, 2015 by Ted Brown
To the editor:
Help me understand. Representatives Gosar and Pearce have introduced a bill to all but guarantee the extinction the Mexican gray wolf from our wilderness. I would like to know where is the science or data that's backing this decision.
I'm a certified Search and Rescue Tactical Rope Rescue Technician and a Wilderness Tech II and have been on hundreds of rescues over many years. In not one has a wolf ever been implicated.
I risk my life in our wilderness providing aid and assisting others and every living thing out there is precious to me. Biologists affirm that Mexican wolves will only improve the health of our wilderness just as it did for Yellowstone. Not a single person has ever been killed by a Mexican gray wolf.
Mountain lions and bobcats kill 30 percent more cattle and calves than wolves, so why isn't there an all-out campaign to rid the state of these predators? Why the wolves? 77 percent of Arizonans and 69 percent of New Mexicans support the reintroduction of the Mexican Gray Wolf onto their public lands. So why are they attacking and sabotaging the recovery of this animal?
I'm proud of our heritage and this wolf is part of it. Someone is getting into the ear of our representatives. And it's not the scientist nor the people whom they serve.
No charges against Utah cougar hunter who killed Echo the wandering wolf: “I had a shot and took it.”
The Salt Lake Tribune (Original) Posted July 9, 2015 by Brian Maffly
A Beaver County cougar hunter will not face charges for shooting an endangered gray wolf last December.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) investigators concluded the shooter mistook the collared 3-year-old female for a coyote — coyotes are not only legal to hunt year-round in Utah, but subject to a $50 bounty.
"The hunter reported his mistake immediately," said Steve Oberholtzer, FWS regional special agent in charge. "This is a good reminder to all hunters to make sure they identify their target before pulling the trigger."
Conservationists said wildlife managers' decision simply reinforces a double standard when it comes to killing endangered wildlife: All hunters have to do is claim they thought they were aiming at something legal to kill.
Removing wolf protection will be lethal
Arizona Daily Sun (Original) Letter to the Editor Posted July 3, 2015 by Mack Davis
To the editor:
On June 25, Reps. Gosar and Pearce co-sponsored the "Mexican Wolf Transparency and Accountability Act" --H.R. 2910. It will ensure the United States Fish and Wildlife Service's Mexican wolf nonessential experimental population 10(j) rule has no force or effect, and for other purposes. This will undermine the wolf recovery project and the Endangered Species Act. There are only 109 Mexican gray wolves in the entire United States, making them highly endangered. I want my representative to work for the greater protection of these wolves and to oppose efforts to push them closer to extinction.
Since 2008 there have been a number of polls where registered Arizona voters overwhelmingly support the wolf recovery project, introducing more wolves into a larger area and allowing the wolves north of I-40
In Arizona wolves account for less than 1 percent of the total cattle and calf losses.
The US Fish and Wildlife service, the Department of Agriculture and nonprofit organizations all have programs to assist ranchers financially or with tools and management techniques to reduce conflicts with wolves
The Arizona Game and Fish does not seem to care about the majority of the voters in our state. The wolf gene pool is in an extremely dangerous situation. There needs to be many more wolves introduced so they are not genetically unable to be saved due to inbreeding in the packs.
Gosar bill is wolf in sheep’s clothing
Arizona Daily Sun (Original) Letter to the Editor Posted July 3, 2015 by Shawn Newell
To the editor:
Thanks for your reporting on the Gosar-Pearce bill — oddly called the Mexican Wolf Transparency and Accountability Act. Mexican wolves are transparent enough — they are just trying to live a life in some of the country they've inhabited for millennia.
Accountable? At just 109 in the wild, they are few, but growing from the seven individuals that hid out in Mexico, remnants of an all-out extermination campaign in the US. Finally listed as an endangered species in 1976, the US FWS had to hire one of the extermination program's trappers just to find live wolves to begin the recovery.
These wolves still need the protections that this bill would strip away. Why the 180-degree turnaround in U.S. policy? We know now that natural systems need predators, without them systems fall apart. Hunters can't fill the role. We know how to manage livestock to minimize losses. The risk to people from wolves is significantly less than from vending machines. These are foolish reasons to kill wolves. We all lose when the wolves aren't there.
So this transparent and accountable bill is not really. It overrides science and leaves a tiny group of wolf families vulnerable to hate killings from anyone who still thinks the only good wolf is a dead wolf. It would also leave the Southwest broken and the majority of Americans who value wolves helpless to do anything but grieve their loss for all time. Not the future I hope for.
More killed by cows than wolves
Arizona Daily Sun (Original) Letter to the Editor Posted July 3, 2015 by Kay Bordwell
To the editor:
I am dismayed by the recent anti-wolf legislation (HR 2910) introduced into Congress by Representatives Paul Gosar and Steve Pearce -- it is a recipe for wolf extinction. There are only 109 Mexican gray wolves in Arizona and New Mexico where thousands once roamed, not because of any failure of the wolves, but because a government extermination campaign almost wiped them out. Now Gosar and Pearce have made it their mission to drive our native wolves back to extinction.
The science is clear that the Mexican gray wolf is essential to balanced ecosystems and has shown that in places like Yellowstone they have created a healthy ecosystem with their return. It is vital they remain protected by the Endangered Species Act -- losing ESA protections would lead to extinction of the wild lobo.
In a 2008 poll of registered voters, 77 percent of Arizonans and 69 percent of New Mexicans supported "the reintroduction of the Mexican gray wolf into these public lands in Arizona and New Mexico." The fact remains that chances of a dangerous encounter with a wild wolf are remarkably slim compared to the risks associated with everyday dangers. Not a single person has been killed by a Mexican gray wolf – in comparison, each year on average in the U.S., 241 people are killed by tractors, 53 by bees, 39 by lightning, 31 by dog bites and even 22 by cows!
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- Wolf killed in Utah was animal from rare Arizona sighting
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- Press Release: Grand Canyon Wolf Named “Echo” in World-wide Contest
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- Study: Wolf kills might not work
- Press Release: Endangered Mexican Gray Wolf Rule Would Hinder Species Recovery
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- Press Release: DNA Tests Confirm First Wolf in Over 70 years is Living near Grand Canyon’s North Rim
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- 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
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- 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
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- We can still save the Mexican gray wolf
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- Delisting Mexican wolves sets dangerous precedent
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- Coconino Voices: Wolves on rise but far away from recovery
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- Prosecute killers of wolves as criminals
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