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Managing wolves means better data
Arizona Daily Sun (Original) Letter to the Editor Posted June 3, 2015 by Amy Larson
To the editor:
Thank you for publishing this article in the Arizona Daily Sun and providing opportunities for local residents to learn more about the Mexican gray wolf population and related challenges to increasing the diversity and overall fitness of this endangered species. I am a science educator, wolf advocate, as well as a hunter of several game species in the state of Arizona. I understand and acknowledge the difficulty of developing, implementing, and maintaining a management plan for Mexican gray wolves in our region.
I appreciate the work and collaboration between state and federal agencies, but a new and updated management plan that is based upon sound and accurate science is necessary and very much overdue. Managing predator species in a state that relies heavily on revenue from game tags can create conflict from invested stakeholders, but again this shouldn't be a reason for NOT having accurate scientific data be the basis of the Mexican gray wolf recovery plan. Anyone who spends time in the outdoors should be able to identify, based off of simple observation, that the natural world won't thrive unless it is in a state of balance and equilibrium. Releasing more captive Mexican gray wolves into the wilderness of the southwest is crucial for the recovery of this keystone species.
I strongly encourage local residents, state and federal agencies, and all stakeholders to support a management plan that is based upon scientific data, facts, evidence and conclusions instead of personal interest.
Why not simply release more wolves?
Arizona Daily Sun (Original) Letter to the Editor Posted May 31, 2015 by Brittney Kay Walsh
To the editor:
Thank you for your article in Thursday's paper about cross-fostering wolves. I have a Masters of Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School. Since returning home to Flagstaff, I have followed the recovery of Mexican gray wolves. It seems that the Arizona Game and Fish Commission is hyping the risky and complex technique of cross-fostering as a substitute for, instead of an addition to, simply releasing more wolves, which is greatly needed.
Countless studies show that wolves are an important part of their ecosystems. They help everything from controlling coyote populations and keeping deer and elk herds healthy to improving the overall health of the Southwest's rivers and streams. Just as the return of gray wolves to Yellowstone has helped restore balance to its lands and waters.
I am appalled to find that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which has been stalling on a science-based recovery plan for over 30 years, intends to wait another two-three years to complete a plan. The agency must move forward with the release of the draft plan it already has, based on the work of the science planning subgroup, for public review now. The future of our ecosystems depend on wolves.
BRITTNEY KAY WALSH
Cross-fostering pups a partial solution
Arizona Daily Sun (Original) Letter to the Editor Posted May 31, 2015 by Toni Prothero
To the editor:
Thank you for your very interesting article reporting on the cross-fostering of endangered Mexican wolf pups to help increase the genetic diversity of the species. I am a resident of Arizona and have long taken a great interest in the recovery of the Mexican wolf, a recovery I and many others wholeheartedly support.
As the article correctly points out, the species is currently at great risk of extinction, in part, due to inbreeding. The cross-fostering of pups is a promising tactic, but cannot be relied upon to save the species. More adult Mexican wolves need to be released into the wild and the rate of release must be increased immediately if we are to have any hope of saving the species. The USFWS has delayed too long because of politics in completing the recovery plan, a plan that they are mandated by law to put in place.
These beautiful animals are critical to healthy, balanced ecosystems in the Southwest. It is time they are given the support they need to take their place in our wild lands. Cross-fostering of pups can and should be part of the strategy, but science tells us that more and timely releases of adult wolves are crucial to successful recovery.
Wolf adoption becomes part of species recovery plan
Arizona Daily Sun (Original) Posted May 28, 2015 by Emery Cowan
It was around this time a year ago when state and federal biologists ventured into the Apache Sitgreaves National Forests, crept into the den of a female Mexican gray wolf who was briefly being held in a crate and whisked her six pups away.
The robbery of sorts was for a good cause: two of the pups (the other four were later returned to their mother) were going to be transferred to the den of a wild Mexican wolf pack in New Mexico's Gila National Forest as part of an experimental process called cross-fostering. Never tried before on the endangered Mexican gray wolf, the tactic has been a key tool for other species' recovery by infusing wild populations with genetically diverse animals that were born in captivity.
Release more wolves from captivity
Arizona Daily Sun (Original) Letter to the Editor Posted May 17, 2015 by Mark Gant
To the editor:
Thank you for the May 9th article about captive breeding of Mexican gray wolves. As a local business owner, I am aware of the economic benefits wolves can bring. Around $36 million was generated each year by the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone. Add to this the significant ecological benefits of reintroducing wolves, and we have some excellent reasons to want the Mexican wolf reintroduction to succeed in Arizona.
Which means it's high time that Arizona Game and Fish stopped throwing up obstacles and that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service start doing its job to recover el lobo, starting with releasing more wolves from captivity into the wild, which is where wild animals belong.
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