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Release more wolves from captivity

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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.

MARK GANT

Flagstaff

Missouri site helping effort to repopulate US wolves

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Arizona Daily Sun (Original) Posted on May 9, 2015 by Jim Suhr (AP)

EUREKA, Mo. (AP) — A secluded Missouri conservation center heralded for helping repopulate the wild with endangered wolves is tending to its latest puppy season — a ritual that this time has a bittersweet vibe in the absence of the site's furry matriarch.

With 41 Mexican gray wolf pups to her credit until she died on April 21, a day before her 14th birthday, Anna came to symbolize the Endangered Wolf Center's quest to save North America's rarest subspecies of gray wolf.

Press Release: A Celebration of Our Environment!

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The Wild & Scenic Film Festival comes to Flagstaff April 11, 2015

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Flagstaff, Arizona:--The Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project (GCWRP) will host the Wild and Scenic Film Festival On Tour at the Orpheum Theater on Saturday, April 11th at 7:00 pm.

SYRCL's (South Yuba River Citizens League) 13th Annual Wild & Scenic® Film Festival returns to Flagstaff with another incredible selection of films to change your world. Considered one of the nation's premiere environmental and adventure film festivals, this year's films combine stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite solutions and possibilities to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for the next generation. Festival-goers can expect to see Award winning films about nature, community activism, conservation, water, climate change, and wildlife.

Opinion: The wolf’s journey ends in Utah

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The Lumberjack, Northern Arizona University's student newspaper (Original) Opinion Article Posted March 8, 2015 by Tzvi Schnee

Gray wolves used to roam the country until their population was reduced with the settling of the West. Predator control programs in the United States diminished gray wolf populations to almost nothing between 1930 and 1960. The Endangered Species Act of 1973 listed all wolf subspecies as endangered by 1978 in "the lower 48 states, except Minnesota."

Through the efforts of the Northern Rocky Mountain Wolf Recovery Plan, gray wolves were reintroduced into Yellowstone National Park and Idaho when a total of 66 wolves were relocated from Canada between 1995 and 1996. Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates their population is now up to about 1,500 animals across Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. However, Mexican gray wolves are still struggling in the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area.

In the fall of 2014, a wolf was spotted near Grand Canyon. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, "it was the first time in at least 70 years that a wolf had been reported on the North Rim of the national park." This wolf so endeared the public that a contest was held to name the wolf, resulting with the designation Echo.

According to the Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project, this "female northern Rockies gray wolf" had "traveled hundreds of miles to northern Arizona." This was exciting news to wolf admirers. There was hope for advocates of wolf restoration in the Grand Canyon area.

Lessons From the Brief, Lonesome Life of Echo the Wolf

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Good Magazine (Original) Posted February 18, 2015 by Shelby Kinney-Lang

Even true stories about wolves sound like fables.

Last October, an animal appearing to be a gray wolf showed up on the Kaibab Plateau in Arizona, just north of the Grand Canyon National Park. At first, no one was sure what, exactly, the "wolflike animal" was, but if, as suspected, it was a gray wolf that had migrated from the northern Rockies, it would have been the first time since the 1940s one had set foot in the Grand Canyon. Although there were once an estimated 2 million gray wolves across the continent, humans hunted and poisoned them to the point of oblivion. But thanks to federal protections under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), since the 1970s, gray wolf populations have slightly rebounded. After reintroducing 60 Canadian wolves in Yellowstone in 1995, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) estimate their population is now up to about 1,500 animals across Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming.

People reported sightings of the Grand Canyon creature through November and December and heard her howls across the forest. Scientists analyzed her poop and confirmed it: she was a gray wolf from the northern Rockies, 450 miles north, first collared near Cody, WY in January 2014. The itinerant, lonesome wolf seized the imagination of the nation and then the world. In a contest for school children, she was given the nickname "Echo."

In late December, a hunter shot and killed a wolf near Beaver, Utah, thinking it was a coyote. (The state of Utah permits bounty hunting for coyotes, $50 a head.) Federal agencies refused to say whether the dead wolf was the same one from the Grand Canyon.

That is, until last week. Genetic testing by the FWS confirms Echo was shot dead.

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  1. Press Release: Endangered Mexican gray wolf population reaches 109
  2. Wolf killed in Utah was animal from rare Arizona sighting
  3. Press Release: Confirmed - Echo, the First Wolf in Over 70 years at Grand Canyon, Is Dead
  4. What's a wolf to do? Go vegan, apparently
  5. Wolves get more area to roam in Ariz., N.M.
  6. OPINION: Who has lived long enough to listen objectively to the howl of a wolf?
  7. Hoooowl no! Canyon wolf may have been killed
  8. Press Release: Grand Canyon Wolf Named “Echo” in World-wide Contest
  9. Rules allowing wolf kills loosened
  10. Study: Wolf kills might not work
  11. Press Release: Endangered Mexican Gray Wolf Rule Would Hinder Species Recovery
  12. Gray Wolf Near Grand Canyon’s North Rim Endured Long, Harrowing Journey
  13. Press Release: DNA Tests Confirm First Wolf in Over 70 years is Living near Grand Canyon’s North Rim
  14. Wolves, livestock have coexisted elsewhere
  15. Gray wolves return to Grand Canyon?
  16. Gray Wolf Spotted in Grand Canyon for First Time in Decades?
  17. Wolf-like animal seen roaming in northern Arizona
  18. Like fox guarding the henhouse
  19. Wolves, antelope can co-exist
  20. Putting wolves on North Kaibab now might work better
  21. Wolf Expansion Long Overdue
  22. Feds: No wolves to roam in Grand Canyon
  23. Federal Plan Would Expand Wolf Territory in Arizona, New Mexico
  24. Let wild wolves roam in wilderness
  25. Editorial: Game and Fish Should Wait For Full Wolf EIS
  26. State: No Mexican gray wolves for Flagstaff area
  27. Guest Column: Game and Fish plan makes it easier to kill wolves
  28. Guest Opinion: Game and Fish can't be trusted with wolf program
  29. Wild Battle Rages Over Wolves, Wilderness And Politics Of Extinction
  30. Brewer vetoes bill letting ranchers kill endangered wolves on federal lands
  31. Wolves make the elk herd strong
  32. State Legislature Attempts to Limit Federal Wolf Reintroduction
  33. Alpha wolf pack sighted in Flagstaff
  34. Wolf Wanderers blog post
  35. Letter to the Editor: Thorpe's wolf story too one-sided
  36. Anti-wolf bills clear case of over-reaction
  37. House should listen to public on wolf issue
  38. Bob Thorpe trims wolf proposal
  39. Legislators work to cap gray wolves in Arizona
  40. Denying federal authority costly, inconsistent
  41. Wolves are in the crosshairs, thanks to Sen. Gail Griffin
  42. Thorpe takes up cause of Arizona ranchers losing cattle to wolves
  43. Wolf plan reignites passions
  44. National Wolf Awareness Week Event to Affect the Future of Wolves in AZ
  45. Mexican gray wolf: Where the wild things aren’t
  46. New study forecasts genetic risks to wolves in western US unless dispersal can connect isolated populations
  47. Letter to the Editor: Writer's wolf argument holds water
  48. Coconino Voices: Wolves deserve wider range
  49. Letter to the Editor: Let wolves roam more widely
  50. Editorial: Wolf expansion plan needs more details
  51. Wolves to roam toward Flagstaff?
  52. Arizona Endangered Wolves Still On The Brink
  53. Press Release: Scientists Call on Obama Administration to Keep Gray Wolves Protected Under Endangered Species Act
  54. Sedona Lecture Series focuses on Mexican Gray Wolf – April 8
  55. Howling-Good Films: Wild and Scenic Film Festival Visits Flagstaff and Benefits Local Wolf Recovery Project
  56. 15 Years of Mexican Gray Wolves: Celebrate or Sob?
  57. Arizona commission backs request to remove wolves from endangered list
  58. Wolves in Utah
  59. Attempt to strip dollars for anti-wolf lobbyist fails
  60. Why keep wolves out?
  61. Editorial: Just cry wolf
  62. Anti-wolf group likely to get second $300,000 Utah payment
  63. Legislators steering another $300,000 to anti-wolf crusade
  64. Expert: Still a Long Road Ahead for Mexican Wolf Recovery
  65. Why not control elk with wolves?
  66. Number Rose for Endangered Wolves in 2012
  67. Elk Targeted Over Aspen
  68. Grand Canyon Elk Go From Attraction To Menace
  69. Team's daily job is to manage wolves back from the brink of extinction
  70. Idea for Wolf Diversity Draws Ire
  71. We can still save the Mexican gray wolf
  72. Follow the Trail
  73. Reintroduce wolves to control bison
  74. Canyon backcountry users weigh in on access
  75. Delisting Mexican wolves sets dangerous precedent
  76. Mexican gray wolves deserve protection
  77. Wolves in wilderness part of divine splendor
  78. Coconino Voices: Wolves on rise but far away from recovery
  79. Arizona's wolves need a break
  80. Game and Fish abandoning gray wolves
  81. Mexican gray wolves due more protection
  82. Don't give wolf opponents tracking frequencies
  83. Song of the wolf long overdue here
  84. Wolf return connects us to natural world
  85. North Rim wolf revival?
  86. Environmental film festival entertains and educates
  87. Prosecute killers of wolves as criminals
  88. Mexican wolf count drops by 10 from year ago
  89. It's succeeding despite setbacks
  90. Wolf recovery now in better hands
  91. Federal agency settles wolf lawsuit
  92. Bookmans supports Arizona Coalition to save wolves!
  93. Wolves from Mexico no threat to U.S.
  94. Land of Vanishing Predators addressed at lecture
  95. Wolf recovery can succeed
  96. Survey shows support for Mexican gray wolf
  97. Poll: Most back wolf recovery
  98. Grand Canyon region can sustain wolfpacks

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