Stand For Endangered Wolves in Arizona!
Rally for Wolves at the AZ Game and Fish Meeting on August 7, 2015 in Flagstaff, AZ
During the period in which AZ Game and Fish had the most control over the lobo's reintroduction, the wild population declined to only 42 wolves and two breeding pairs.
If the Arizona Game and Fish Commission had its way, there would be no more Mexican gray wolves in the wild. It's time for the majority of Arizonans who support Mexican wolf recovery to loudly and visibly oppose Arizona Game and Fish's anti-wolf actions.
Please stand for wolves with us at a rally during the August 7th AZ Game and Fish Commission Meeting. Give wolves a voice by participating in the meeting as well.
Little America Hotel
2515 E. Butler Ave
The meeting starts at 8 a.m. The Mexican wolf briefing is item 5 on the agenda.
We will hold the rally at 12 pm outside during the lunch break.
If you can't make it to Flagstaff, you can support lobo recovery by participating from another regional office in Arizona.
Sign up here to RSVP for the rally and/or meeting.
The AZ Game and Fish Commission has advocated for killing wolves, even whole families, accused of depredating on livestock. It has sent letters to Congress advocating that Mexican gray wolves be stripped of their Endangered Species Act Protections. And it has done everything it can to stop the release of new wolves from captivity, desperately needed to boost the genetic health of the wild lobo population.
Recently, it bullied the US Fish and Wildlife Service into capping the number of endangered Mexican gray wolves allowed to live in the wild at 325, with no basis in science or recovery planning, to trap any lobos who travel to key habitats north of I-40, and to make it easier to kill and remove these highly endangered wolves.
It is crucial at this time when the AZ Game and Fish Commission is advocating for anti-wolf policies and Arizona Representative Paul Gosar is trying to strip Mexican wolves' Endangered Species Act protections, that we have a large showing at both the meeting and the rally!
We want wolf supporters to be highly visible, so please wear a green shirt (if you don't have a green shirt with a wolf image we will give you a sticker to add to any green shirt) and give wolves a voice during the Wolf Briefing Agenda item 5. Then join us at the rally outside during the noon lunch break.
Even if you don't wish to speak, you can help just by being there and filling out a blue card saying that you support Mexican gray wolf recovery.
You can speak face to face with the Commission at the actual meeting in Flagstaff. Or you can participate via video teleconference from a Regional Office in Phoenix, Pinetop, Flagstaff, Yuma, or Mesa (click here for regional office addresses). Please note that the Tucson and Kingman offices are not available for the video teleconference due to construction.
You can also help by signing the petition asking AZ Game and Fish to stop obstructing wolf recovery.
Our lobos can't speak for themselves against state persecution.
They need all of us to do it for them.
Please RSVP to participate, and spread the word.
Thank you for giving our endangered native wolves a voice!
Big Lake Howliday Campout Weekend 2015
Big Lake Howliday Campout Weekend
July 10, 11 and 12, 2015
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 17 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.
When: Friday, July 10th, 2015 starting at 3:00 pm through Sunday, July 12th at noon.
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 Recommended Personal Camping Supplies to bring with you.
Meals included in the weekend for registered participants: Dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings, Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday 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 form below). Please Bring Your Own Beverages of choice. Note there are strict orders from the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest on bear resistant food, trash, and personal hygiene product storage for the Big Lake area. Read the special order here, and be prepared to lock all food and personal hygiene items you bring with you in your vehicle.
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 at the Big Lake Campout Weekend. 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 note that camp sites spots and meals will only be provided to those people who register! The registration form closed on July 7, 2015. Everyone who registered should have received a more email confirming your registration with directions and details for the camp out by now.
Many thanks to these sponsors for helping to support the Big Lake Howliday weekend!