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Wolves make the elk herd strong

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Arizona Daily Sun (Original) Letter to the Editor Posted April 9, 2014 by Kathleen Cheatham

To the editor:

Thank you, Arizona Daily Sun, for the spoof on our endangered Mexican wolves. It certainly would be good news if these wolves were allowed to follow their prey all the way to the Grand Canyon.

We eradicated the original elk in Arizona and killed all the wolves (except seven) because they had no prey left and turned to livestock. We imported elk from the Rocky Mountains, we now know how to protect our livestock, so let's do it! It's time to accept this much-needed apex predator and let go of the irrational fear-mongering and let them do the job God created them to do. They may be the only thing between our elk and elk wasting disease because "wolves make the elk herd strong."

Kathleen Cheatham


State Legislature Attempts to Limit Federal Wolf Reintroduction

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KNAU Arizona Public Radio (Original) Posted April 8, 2014 By Ryan Heinsius

Last week, two Mexican gray wolves were released in Arizona. But, as Arizona Public Radio's Ryan Heinsius reports, a simultaneous effort is underway in the state Legislature to let ranchers kill the endangered animals in defense of livestock.

The Arizona House of Representatives has given its initial approval of Senate Bill 1211. It's one of three that would allow the killing of wolves that are part of a reintroduction plan by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Wildlife advocates claim the bills violate the Endangered Species Act. One of the bill's sponsors, State Senator and rancher Chester Crandell from Heber, was not available for comment. But, proponents have said the wolf recovery effort is an example of federal government overreach.

The reintroduction of Mexican gray wolves began in 1998 after the population had been reduced to just seven animals. After last week's release, 83 gray wolves now occupy the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area in eastern Arizona and New Mexico.

Emily Renn, program director for the Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project, says a higher wolf population adds to the species' genetic diversity and long-term viability. In her view, the Legislature's actions run contrary to those efforts.

"These bills are the reflection of the perpetuation of myth on predators ... In a generation we've learned so much about science, we've learned so much about ecology and how complex it is, and how important biodiversity is for maintaining the health of our landscape."

According to Renn, only six livestock kills by gray wolves occurred in 2012 in Arizona. She also says a new recovery plan is being written that would expand the range of wolves in the area. As a result, Mexican gray wolves could reenter the Grand Canyon region in a matter of years.

Alpha wolf pack sighted in Flagstaff

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Arizona Daily Sun (Original) Posted April 1, 2014 by Arizona Daily Sun Staff
*Note: this article is a fake story for April Fool's Day*

AZ Daily Sun photoshopped wolf photo

Mexican Grey wolves have been spotted lurking on the outskirts of Flagstaff after migrating from a release area on the Arizona New Mexico Border. The wolves have been traveling in packs on the urban wildland interface. Arizona Daily Sun/Staff Photo

The city of Flagstaff has signed a federal agreement to become the first Wolf Sanctuary City in Arizona.

The contract with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service comes as night infrared cameras have picked up images of endangered Mexican gray wolves from the White Mountains migrating through Flagstaff.

The wolves are from the Alpha pack and are believed to be headed for the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Others are expected to follow.

The agreement comes amid fears by Fish & Wildlife that state wildlife managers will attempt to capture and remove any endangered wolf that wanders outside the recovery zone.

"This is a win-win deal," said Mayor Jerry Nabours. "The wolves get safe passage and Flagstaff gets another tourist attraction, even if the packs are just passing through."

Wolf Wanderers blog post

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Defenders of Wildlife (Original) Blog Posted on March 20, 2014 by Dan Thornhill, Eva Sargent and Courtney Sexton

A new study reveals what Mexican gray wolves need to survive

Mexican gray wolves are one of the rarest and most critically-endangered animals in the U.S. This subspecies of wolves – known in the Southwest as lobos –descended from the first wave of wolves to cross the Bering Straits from Asia to Alaska many thousands of years ago. Mexican gray wolves have a long history of wandering across the landscape. Over time, they made their way south into the southwestern U.S. and central Mexico where they adapted to life in the forested "sky island" ranges in a sea of grassland and desert, and from where they draw their common name. In spite of their uniqueness, adaptability, and long history, very few lobos remain today. Deliberate persecution drove Mexican gray wolves to the brink of extinction; in the late 1970s and early 80's the last handful of wild Mexican gray wolves was captured to begin a captive breeding program.

Letter to the Editor: Thorpe's wolf story too one-sided

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Arizona Daily Sun (Original) Posted on March 14, 2014 by Kay Bordwell

To the editor:

Thank you, Arizona Daily Sun and the clear heads of northern Arizona for your rebuttal of the wolf article regarding recent legislation by our representative Bob Thorpe!

Mr. Thorpe has chosen to take a knee-jerk reaction to the pleas of ill-informed constituents in eastern Arizona while ignoring the rest of the citizens he is supposed to represent. It is an increasingly changing world we live in, and the ranching communities need to take a look at the industry as a whole and how we can no longer sustain the control of public lands with outdated grazing rights and ignore the efforts to balance our ecosystems by introducing species that can bring back a balance for a healthier environment for us all.

Information regarding depredation of cattle, human interactions and threats to pets have been documented and can be found on federal websites if citizens want truthful information about wolves in the United States. In Europe, even longer studies have been done that reflect how wolves have fared in other countries where they have come back in strength.

If you feel strongly about the need to respect nature and bring balance back to our wild places, please attend the Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project's annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival at the Orpheum Theater on March 28. Let Mr. Thorpe know there is another side to the story.

Kay Bordwell


More Articles...

  1. Anti-wolf bills clear case of over-reaction
  2. House should listen to public on wolf issue
  3. Bob Thorpe trims wolf proposal
  4. Legislators work to cap gray wolves in Arizona
  5. Denying federal authority costly, inconsistent
  6. Wolves are in the crosshairs, thanks to Sen. Gail Griffin
  7. Thorpe takes up cause of Arizona ranchers losing cattle to wolves
  8. Wolf plan reignites passions
  9. National Wolf Awareness Week Event to Affect the Future of Wolves in AZ
  10. Mexican gray wolf: Where the wild things aren’t
  11. New study forecasts genetic risks to wolves in western US unless dispersal can connect isolated populations
  12. Letter to the Editor: Writer's wolf argument holds water
  13. Coconino Voices: Wolves deserve wider range
  14. Letter to the Editor: Let wolves roam more widely
  15. Editorial: Wolf expansion plan needs more details
  16. Wolves to roam toward Flagstaff?
  17. Arizona Endangered Wolves Still On The Brink
  18. Press Release: Scientists Call on Obama Administration to Keep Gray Wolves Protected Under Endangered Species Act
  19. Sedona Lecture Series focuses on Mexican Gray Wolf – April 8
  20. Howling-Good Films: Wild and Scenic Film Festival Visits Flagstaff and Benefits Local Wolf Recovery Project
  21. 15 Years of Mexican Gray Wolves: Celebrate or Sob?
  22. Arizona commission backs request to remove wolves from endangered list
  23. Wolves in Utah
  24. Attempt to strip dollars for anti-wolf lobbyist fails
  25. Why keep wolves out?
  26. Editorial: Just cry wolf
  27. Anti-wolf group likely to get second $300,000 Utah payment
  28. Legislators steering another $300,000 to anti-wolf crusade
  29. Expert: Still a Long Road Ahead for Mexican Wolf Recovery
  30. Why not control elk with wolves?
  31. Number Rose for Endangered Wolves in 2012
  32. Elk Targeted Over Aspen
  33. Grand Canyon Elk Go From Attraction To Menace
  34. Team's daily job is to manage wolves back from the brink of extinction
  35. Idea for Wolf Diversity Draws Ire
  36. We can still save the Mexican gray wolf
  37. Follow the Trail
  38. Reintroduce wolves to control bison
  39. Canyon backcountry users weigh in on access
  40. Delisting Mexican wolves sets dangerous precedent
  41. Mexican gray wolves deserve protection
  42. Wolves in wilderness part of divine splendor
  43. Coconino Voices: Wolves on rise but far away from recovery
  44. Arizona's wolves need a break
  45. Game and Fish abandoning gray wolves
  46. Mexican gray wolves due more protection
  47. Don't give wolf opponents tracking frequencies
  48. Song of the wolf long overdue here
  49. Wolf return connects us to natural world
  50. North Rim wolf revival?
  51. Environmental film festival entertains and educates
  52. Prosecute killers of wolves as criminals
  53. Mexican wolf count drops by 10 from year ago
  54. It's succeeding despite setbacks
  55. Wolf recovery now in better hands
  56. Federal agency settles wolf lawsuit
  57. Bookmans supports Arizona Coalition to save wolves!
  58. Wolves from Mexico no threat to U.S.
  59. Land of Vanishing Predators addressed at lecture
  60. Wolf recovery can succeed
  61. Survey shows support for Mexican gray wolf
  62. Poll: Most back wolf recovery
  63. Grand Canyon region can sustain wolfpacks

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