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Stand for Wolves on December 5th

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Stand for Wolves on December 5th, 2014 in Phoenix!

December 5, 2014 - AZ Game and Fish Commission Meeting
AZ Game and Fish Department Headquarters
5000 W. Carefree Highway
Phoenix, AZ 85086

Mexican wolves will likely be on the agenda, probably NOT in a positive way. We need as many pro-wolf supporters as possible to attend the meeting and speak up on behalf of wolves. Even just being there to show your support will have a big impact.

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Mexican wolves are a federally endangered species whose reintroduction is the responsibility of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

But the Arizona Game Commission wants to manage wolves in ways that threaten their survival and recovery.

Please stand up for the Mexican wolf at the AZ Game Commission meeting on December 5th in Phoenix.

In recent years, the Commission has pushed for Mexican wolves to be stripped of federal endangered species protections, for rules that would allow wolves to be killed or removed for taking "too many" elk or deer, their natural prey, and for an end to releases of new wolves from captivity, even though releases are desperately needed to increase the wild population's genetic health.

The lobos need as many pro-wolf supporters as possible to attend the meeting and speak up on their behalf!

The Mexican gray wolf item is #20 on the agenda, which can be found here.

Remember, there are only a total of 83 Mexican Gray Wolves in the wild in Arizona and New Mexico - a pathetic number after 16 years of the program. Don't miss this opportunity to help them recover to a viable population.

CLICK HERE for Arizona Game Commissioners contact info.

Big Lake Howliday Campout Weekend 2014

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Big Lake Howliday Campout Weekend
August 8, 9, 10 and 11, 2014

Due to an unforeseen change of important events for Mexican wolves, we have RESCHEDULED the Big Lake Howliday Campout to the weekend of August 8-11, 2014.

We deeply apologize for any inconveniences this change of dates may cause you in arranging your travel plans, but we sincerely hope you can still join us at Big Lake. Thank you!

Join the Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project for a fun-filled weekend learning about and celebrating the return of Mexican wolves to the wild. This year marks the 16 year anniversary of the first releases of Mexican wolves back into the wild in the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area.

Where: Apache Trout Campground Fir Group site at Big Lake in the Apache National Forest, Arizona.


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When: Friday, August 8th, 2014 starting at 3:00 pm through Monday, August 11th at noon. If you can, please plan your trip to stay through the USFWS hearing on Mexican wolves at the Hon-Dah Conference Center near Pinetop, AZ (about 1 hour drive east of Big Lake) on Monday, August 11th from 6:00 - 9:00 pm.

Suggested Donation is $50 per person* (to help us cover the cost of the meals and the camp ground group site). Visit our Donation page here. All activities during the weekend are free. Weekend registration is required through the registration form below (registration is now closed). *Please note that the suggested donation is cheaper than what it would cost to reserve a camp site and pay for food for a weekend trip on one's own, but we may have some limited sponsorships available to help cover the costs for participants that may not be able to afford the suggested donation. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Please bring your own personal camping equipment and comfortable clothes for hiking in and appropriate for high elevation weather during the Monsoon season.  Here is a list of pdfRecommended Personal Camping Supplies16.37 KB to bring with you.

Meals included in the weekend for registered participants: Dinner on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings, Breakfast on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday mornings, and a pack-your-own brown bag lunch spreads for lunches on Saturday and Sunday.  All the meals served will be vegetarian and we will make an effort to accommodate vegan, gluten-free diets, and food allergies that are indicated by filling out our registration form (registration is now closed). Please Bring Your Own Beverages of choice.

Optional Weekend Activities include:
- morning bird walks
- wildlife tracking workshops with wildlife tracking experts
- a hike to the "Green Fire" site where Aldo Leopold had his epiphany about wolves
- hikes on the Paseo del Lobo trail
- Evening talks by a wolf conservationists and biologists

Sorry, no dogs are allowed (besides service dogs) to join us at the campground or on the activities this year. We are huge fans of companion dogs, but because we will be camping and hiking in areas occupied by Mexican wolf packs and other wildlife, we want to minimize our disturbance to the wolves and their new pups. Thank you for your understanding!

Please check back to this site for more information and event details as they are updated. Please contact Emily at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (928) 202-1325 if you have any questions.

Please note that camp sites spots and meals will only be provided to those people who register! The registration form has now been closed in preparation for the event.
Thank you!

 

 Many thanks to these sponsors for helping to support the Big Lake Howliday weekend!

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Please contact Emily at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would be interested in helping to sponsor this great campout!

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