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Wolf reintroduction: Point/Counterpoint
Arizona Daily Sun (Original) Posted October 22, 2015 by April Smith
To the editor:
RE: Arizona Game & Fish commissioners do not qualify for science-based decisions
In support of Roxane George's letter, which stated "[AZ and NM] have a broken system ...which assigns authority over wildlife to those who serve a narrow political agenda, rather than those who are best qualified and willing to follow and implement the best available science for the good of all the state's wildlife, especially endangered species." The biographies of Arizona commissioners reveal none has a science background. All are unqualified political appointees representing a narrow, frightened, unscientific political stance. Two are members of a foundation dedicated to the "protection" of the Mexican wolves' prey species: elk. Unbiased, informed decisions will NEVER come from these politically chosen commissioners.
Genetic drift now threatens the genetic health of the recovery of the grey wolf in Arizona and New Mexico. The 110 members of free-roaming wolf packs now on public lands are too closely related.Their genetic status is that of brother and sister; an unacceptable concept in ANY population.
The solution is to release genetically unrelated wolves currently in captivity due to failed Game and Fish commission decisions in both states. U.S. Fish and Wildlife must not abrogate to opinions from unqualified groups. Neither the New Mexico nor Arizona commissions have enforcement authority; and worse, no scientific basis to their decisions.
Congratulations to USFW on their decision to ignore N.M. Game and Fish and to continue with release plans on the Gila National Forest. Maybe they'll take that same courage to an Arizona wild release policy and ignore Arizona Game and Fish.
Read Wolf reintroduction: Point/Counterpoint submission by AZGFD Commissioner Pat Madden here.
Game commissions unqualified on wolves
Arizona Daily Sun (Original) Posted October 4, 2015 by Roxane George
To the editor:
As a long-time resident of Arizona, I have been appalled by the actions of the Arizona Game and Fish Commission to undermine recovery of Mexican gray wolves, our highly endangered native lobos. Unfortunately, the New Mexico Game Commission, once a helpful partner in the Mexican wolf reintroduction, has become as great an obstructer of wolf recovery as the Arizona Commission, as detailed in the Arizona Daily Sun article, "New Mexico wildlife panel denies federal wolf permit appeal."
New Mexico wildlife panel denies federal wolf permit appeal
Arizona Daily Sun (Original) Posted on September 29, 2015 by Susan Montoya Bryan
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A showdown over the Mexican gray wolf left the federal government vowing Tuesday to move ahead with plans to recover the endangered species despite the refusal of state wildlife officials to issue permits allowing for the release of wolves in New Mexico.
The New Mexico Game Commission denied an appeal by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service during a packed meeting in Albuquerque.
The move prompted a chorus of boos from the dozens of people in the audience who were holding signs that read "More wolves, less politics." No public comment on the matter was allowed.
Op-ed: Hunter’s story of wolf killing is highly dubious
The Salt Lake Tribune (Original) Posted on September 5, 2015 by Maximilian Werner
The Federal Wildlife Services' (FWS) recent decision not to imprison, fine, nor even revoke the hunting license of the cougar hunter who killed wolf 914f, aka Echo, is illustrative of the hold that evolution has on us when it comes to predators.
The decision also illustrates how our irrational behavioral biases permeate our institutions and often lead to poor policy decisions, e.g., the Division of Natural Resources' Predator Control Program, which offers a $50 bounty for each dead coyote and, ultimately, serves as the context and justification for the destruction of wolf 914f.
However, the facts of 914f's killing underscore the extent of the hunter's folly and, indeed, the folly of the FWS, for whom a dead wolf, the rule of law and the designation of endangered species would appear to mean less than the hunters' highly dubious explanation of what occurred.
Commission follows politics, not science
Arizona Daily Sun (Original) Letter to the Editor Posted August 19, 2015 by Toni Prothero
To the editor:
Thank you for the recent article by Dave Parsons regarding the recovery of the Mexican wolf in Arizona. Mr. Parsons is a scientist with direct experience of the efforts to recover this species and well-qualified to critique the decisions of policymakers like Arizona Game and Fish Commission and Representative Gosar.
I attended the recent meeting of the Commission in Flagstaff and was appalled at their decision to oppose any more releases of adult wolves from captive breeding facilities and to rely solely on cross-fostering of captive-born pups. This is a very difficult technique to accomplish and, in fact, failed this year.
- 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
- Team's daily job is to manage wolves back from the brink of extinction
- Idea for Wolf Diversity Draws Ire
- We can still save the Mexican gray wolf
- Follow the Trail
- Reintroduce wolves to control bison
- Canyon backcountry users weigh in on access
- Delisting Mexican wolves sets dangerous precedent
- Mexican gray wolves deserve protection
- Wolves in wilderness part of divine splendor
- Coconino Voices: Wolves on rise but far away from recovery
- Arizona's wolves need a break
- Game and Fish abandoning gray wolves
- Mexican gray wolves due more protection