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Press Release: Endangered Mexican gray wolf population reaches 109

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For Immediate Release, February 13, 2015

Contact: Kevin Bixby, (575) 522-5552, Southwest Environmental Center
Maggie Howell, (914) 763-2373, Wolf Conservation Center
Sandy Bahr, (602) 999-5790, Sierra Club – Grand Canyon Chapter
Emily Renn, (928) 202-1325, Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project
Kirk Robinson, (801) 468-1535, Western Wildlife Conservancy
Kim Crumbo, (928) 606-5850, Grand Canyon Wildlands Council

Endangered Mexican gray wolf population reaches 109

Numbers encouraging, but wolves still far from recovered

Phoenix, AZ - Today the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced that the wild Mexican wolf population has increased to 109 from 83 wolves counted at the end of 2013. While conservationists cheer this good news, they point out that the agency projected there would be 100 wolves in the wilds of eastern Arizona and western New Mexico by 2006. More than a decade later, the total population has finally reached that milestone, still a whisker away from extinction. Due to USFWS’s failure to release new wolves from the captive breeding population, the genetic diversity of the wild population remains low, in spite of the increase in numbers.

Wolf killed in Utah was animal from rare Arizona sighting

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Arizona Daily Sun (Original) Posted on January 11, 2015 by Brady McCombs (AP) and Emery Cowan (Arizona Daily Sun)

SALT LAKE CITY — A gray wolf that was shot by a hunter in Utah was the same one spotted in the Grand Canyon area last year, federal wildlife officials said Wednesday.

The 3-year-old female wolf — named "Echo" in a nationwide student contest — captured the attention of wildlife advocates across the country because it was the first wolf seen near the Grand Canyon in 70 years.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service did DNA tests to confirm the wolf killed in late December by a Utah hunter -- who said he thought he was shooting a coyote -- was the same one that was seen roaming near the Grand Canyon's North Rim and nearby forest in October and November, said agency spokesman Steve Segin.

Geneticists at the University of Idaho compared DNA taken from the northern gray wolf killed in southwestern Utah with scat samples taken from the wolf seen near the Grand Canyon last fall.

It's not clear yet what penalties the hunter could face for killing the animal.

Press Release: Confirmed - Echo, the First Wolf in Over 70 years at Grand Canyon, Is Dead

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For Immediate Release, February 11, 2015

Contact: Emily Renn, (928) 202-1325, Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project

Confirmed - Echo, the First Wolf in Over 70 years at Grand Canyon, Is Dead

DNA Analysis Shows Echo Was Wolf Shot in Utah

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has confirmed that Echo, the female northern Rockies gray wolf seen roaming near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon last year, was the wolf shot near Beaver, Utah in December. This pioneer traveled hundreds of miles to northern Arizona, an area that scientists have said is one of the last best places in the Southwest for wolves. Echo was protected under the Endangered Species Act, but was killed by a hunter who claimed he thought she was a coyote. Wolves like Echo who travel into Utah remain in danger due to Utah laws that allow indiscriminate killing of coyotes, even offering a bounty, and to plans by the Obama administration and members of Congress to strip gray wolves of protections nation-wide.

Emily Renn, executive director for Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project, a Flagstaff-based non-profit that has worked since 2005 to build support for wolf recovery in the Grand Canyon region, said this news shows why federal and state governments need to do more to protect wolves like Echo.

What's a wolf to do? Go vegan, apparently

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The Arizona Republic (Original) Editorial Posted on January 16, 2015 by the Editorial Board

Our View: New federal regulations bend over backwards to favor anti-wolf factions. Why would they compromise now?

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's new rules for Mexican gray wolf recovery offers a frustrating one-step-forward, two-steps-back approach. Not surprisingly, it's being met with a lawsuit from environmental groups.

The federal agency would have been wiser to do right by the wolves instead of bowing to those who have long opposed reintroduction.

But no. Under the new rule, wolves can be killed for eating "unacceptable" numbers of elk and deer.

Wolves get more area to roam in Ariz., N.M.

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Associated Press article in The Arizona Republic (Original) Posted on January 12, 2015 by Felicia Fonseca

FLAGSTAFF — Mexican gray wolves will be able to roam a greatly expanded area in the Southwest under the first major changes to a reintroduction program that has stumbled through legal battles, illegal shootings and politics.

The wolves currently roam about 7 million acres of federal, tribal and private land in far eastern Arizona and western New Mexico. Up to 325 of the animals eventually will be allowed to disperse south of Interstate 40 to the U.S.-Mexico border in both states, and the number of release sites will grow, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Monday.

"This larger geography really provides us with the opportunity to get a more genetically robust population," said Benjamin Tuggle, head of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Southwest Region.

Conservation groups had mixed reactions to the announcement and vowed to sue over the changes. They said the changes allow for fresh DNA in the wild to prevent wolves from inbreeding and the animals could establish territories outside of the recovery area. However, some were worried the predators would be subject to killings and the target population of between 300 and 325 doesn't allow for a reasonable chance of recovery.

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