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Press Release: Endangered Mexican Gray Wolf Rule Would Hinder Species Recovery
Revised Management of Reintroduced Lobos a Risky Roadmap to Extinction
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, November 25, 2014
Media Contacts: Drew Kerr, WildEarth Guardians, (312) 375-6104;
Kim Crumbo, Grand Canyon Wildlands Council, (928) 606-7870;
Sandy Bahr, Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter, (602) 999-5790;
Kim Vacariu, Wildlands Network, (520) 558-0165;
Emily Renn, Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project, (928) 202-1325;
Billie Hughes, Great Old Broads for Wilderness, (575) 635-2655;
Russell Winn, White Mountain Conservation League, (575) 635-5811
FLAGSTAFF, ARIZ—Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) released revisions to the federal rule governing endangered Mexican gray wolf reintroduction, which would obstruct the imperiled subspecies' recovery. The Service's Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and draft record of decision propose alterations to government management of America's only wild population of one of the world's most critically endangered mammals. The changes would expand the wild Mexican wolves' territory but restrict them from repopulating large areas of their former native range, and increase shooting, trapping and removals of the iconic animals.
The EIS and rule differ significantly from the draft versions the Service offered last September for public comment. They ignore much of the best available science on Mexican wolf recovery, instead incorporating demands made by Mexican wolf reintroduction opponents that would threaten the wolves' return to and recovery in the wild.
Press Release: DNA Tests Confirm First Wolf in Over 70 years is Living near Grand Canyon’s North Rim
Female Grand Canyon Wolf is Fully Protected Under Endangered Species Act – For Now
Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project ~ Wildlands Network ~ Sierra Club- Grand Canyon Chapter ~ Grand Canyon Wildlands Council ~ Wolf Conservation Center ~ Western Wildlife Conservancy
For Immediate Release, November 21, 2014
Media Contacts:Emily Renn, (928) 202-1325, Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project
Ellen Winchester, (928) 638-2389, Kaibab Lodge
Kim Vacariu, (520) 390-3969, Wildlands Network
Sandy Bahr, (602) 253-8633, Sierra Club – Grand Canyon Chapter
Kim Crumbo, (928) 606-5850, Grand Canyon Wildlands Council
Maggie Howell, (914) 763-2373, Wolf Conservation Center
Kirk Robinson, (801) 468-1535, Western Wildlife Conservancy
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has confirmed that a female northern Rockies gray wolf is roaming the North Kaibab National Forest near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. This pioneer traveled hundreds of miles to northern Arizona, an area that scientists have said is one of the last best places in the Southwest for wolves. The Grand Canyon wolf is currently fully protected under the Endangered Species Act, but could lose those protections under an Obama administration plan to strip gray wolves of protections nation-wide.
Representatives and volunteers from the Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project, a Flagstaff-based non-profit that has worked since 2005 to build support for wolf recovery in the Grand Canyon region, celebrated the news.
"This is an exciting, historic development that affirms both the peer-reviewed science that identifies this area as excellent habitat for wolves and the need to maintain Endangered Species protections for wolves." said Emily Renn, Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project's executive director.
Local business woman Ellen Winchester, whose family has owned and lived at the Kaibab Lodge five miles north of the Grand Canyon North Rim for the past ten years, said she and her family feel blessed to have heard and seen this wolf.
"This is our home and business and we who live in the forest have a healthy respect for the animals. The Kaibab National Forest, The Grand Canyon North Rim and the animals that live there are a legacy for our children and our children's children. I was thrilled to hear wolf song. I welcome the wolf to the Grand Canyon which is my back yard. There is plenty of room for all to live together safely" said Winchester.
Wolves, livestock have coexisted elsewhere
Arizona Daily Sun (Original) Letter to the Editor Posted November 16, 2014 by Kay Bordwell
To the editor:
Thank you for your coverage of the wolf issues in our state. I am a longtime wolf supporter who began my interest and education regarding wolves as a school teacher sharing with my students the importance of balanced ecosystems. I have learned that the reintroduction of the Mexican gray wolf in Arizona provides the possibility of better ecosystems throughout our region and, with that, strengthening many species also clinging to survival.
The US Fish and Wildlife's recovery plan should reflect research and a well-developed and long-term solution for the Mexican gray wolf. At present, they have not integrated research done by recovery team scientists and the recovery team has not met since 2011. Under the Endangered Species Act, the best available science is required for species such as the Mexican gray wolf. Surveys have shown throughout Arizona citizens place importance on the reintroduction of the wolf and support the efforts so far.
We can coexist with wolves. Responsible livestock owners are successfully using resources and tools in reintroduction areas. Public responses to recent sightings in northern Arizona of possible wolves affirm the interest and excitement that these animals create. Please support a complete and updated recovery plan for the Mexican gray wolf -- your grandchildren will thank you!
Gray wolves return to Grand Canyon?
The Arizona Republic (Original) Posted on November 15, 2014 Opinon Article by Ed Montini
I picture him loping south through the forest on the Kaibab Plateau, a chill wind pushing through the ponderosa pines and blue spruce, as if whispering to the other animals — elk, deer, squirrels, even mountain lions — that an ancient presence has returned.
There are roads through the forest but he does not follow them. He stays in the shadows where the ground is cold and hard.
He keeps moving, alert, determined, until the trees thin out, the sky opens up and the land seems to disappear in front of him. He stops at the edge of a great chasm, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
It is not wise of him to be out in the open. There are buildings nearby. Solid, rough-hewn structures of stone and logs, but large and well kept, something he's unfamiliar with. Humans visit here, although only when the weather is warm.
But how could he not come out into the open with that view?
That's how the lone wolf was spotted.
In the past few months, several people have reported seeing him.
Or is it her?
Gray Wolf Spotted in Grand Canyon for First Time in Decades?
National Geographic (Original) Posted on November 1, 2014 by Christine Dell'Amore
The endangered predator hasn't lived in the region since the 1940s.
Efforts to track the animal spotted on Arizona's Kaibab Plateau in recent weeks have been unsuccessful so far.
The chase is on to identify the "wolflike animal" that's been spotted multiple times recently near the Grand Canyon's North Rim.
If the animal turns out to be a gray wolf, as some wildlife experts suspect—and hope—the sightings would mark the first time a gray wolf has been seen in the Grand Canyon area since the 1940s.
People nearly hunted the predator to extinction in the United States, where it had roamed across much of the country for centuries.
Several people have photographed the Grand Canyon canid, which is wearing some kind of collar, on Arizona's Kaibab Plateau in recent weeks, just north of Grand Canyon National Park, according to the U.S. government.
- 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
- Don't give wolf opponents tracking frequencies
- Song of the wolf long overdue here
- Wolf return connects us to natural world
- North Rim wolf revival?
- Environmental film festival entertains and educates
- Prosecute killers of wolves as criminals
- Mexican wolf count drops by 10 from year ago
- It's succeeding despite setbacks
- Wolf recovery now in better hands
- Federal agency settles wolf lawsuit
- Bookmans supports Arizona Coalition to save wolves!
- Wolves from Mexico no threat to U.S.
- Land of Vanishing Predators addressed at lecture
- Wolf recovery can succeed
- Survey shows support for Mexican gray wolf
- Poll: Most back wolf recovery
- Grand Canyon region can sustain wolfpacks