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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.

Press Release: Endangered Mexican gray wolf population reaches 109

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For Immediate Release, February 13, 2015

Contact: Kevin Bixby, (575) 522-5552, Southwest Environmental Center
Maggie Howell, (914) 763-2373, Wolf Conservation Center
Sandy Bahr, (602) 999-5790, Sierra Club – Grand Canyon Chapter
Emily Renn, (928) 202-1325, Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project
Kirk Robinson, (801) 468-1535, Western Wildlife Conservancy
Kim Crumbo, (928) 606-5850, Grand Canyon Wildlands Council

Endangered Mexican gray wolf population reaches 109

Numbers encouraging, but wolves still far from recovered

Phoenix, AZ - Today the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced that the wild Mexican wolf population has increased to 109 from 83 wolves counted at the end of 2013. While conservationists cheer this good news, they point out that the agency projected there would be 100 wolves in the wilds of eastern Arizona and western New Mexico by 2006. More than a decade later, the total population has finally reached that milestone, still a whisker away from extinction. Due to USFWS’s failure to release new wolves from the captive breeding population, the genetic diversity of the wild population remains low, in spite of the increase in numbers.

Wolf killed in Utah was animal from rare Arizona sighting

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Arizona Daily Sun (Original) Posted on January 11, 2015 by Brady McCombs (AP) and Emery Cowan (Arizona Daily Sun)

SALT LAKE CITY — A gray wolf that was shot by a hunter in Utah was the same one spotted in the Grand Canyon area last year, federal wildlife officials said Wednesday.

The 3-year-old female wolf — named "Echo" in a nationwide student contest — captured the attention of wildlife advocates across the country because it was the first wolf seen near the Grand Canyon in 70 years.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service did DNA tests to confirm the wolf killed in late December by a Utah hunter -- who said he thought he was shooting a coyote -- was the same one that was seen roaming near the Grand Canyon's North Rim and nearby forest in October and November, said agency spokesman Steve Segin.

Geneticists at the University of Idaho compared DNA taken from the northern gray wolf killed in southwestern Utah with scat samples taken from the wolf seen near the Grand Canyon last fall.

It's not clear yet what penalties the hunter could face for killing the animal.

Press Release: Confirmed - Echo, the First Wolf in Over 70 years at Grand Canyon, Is Dead

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For Immediate Release, February 11, 2015

Contact: Emily Renn, (928) 202-1325, Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project

Confirmed - Echo, the First Wolf in Over 70 years at Grand Canyon, Is Dead

DNA Analysis Shows Echo Was Wolf Shot in Utah

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has confirmed that Echo, the female northern Rockies gray wolf seen roaming near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon last year, was the wolf shot near Beaver, Utah in December. 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. Echo was protected under the Endangered Species Act, but was killed by a hunter who claimed he thought she was a coyote. Wolves like Echo who travel into Utah remain in danger due to Utah laws that allow indiscriminate killing of coyotes, even offering a bounty, and to plans by the Obama administration and members of Congress to strip gray wolves of protections nation-wide.

Emily Renn, executive director for 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, said this news shows why federal and state governments need to do more to protect wolves like Echo.

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  5. Press Release: Grand Canyon Wolf Named “Echo” in World-wide Contest
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  10. Press Release: DNA Tests Confirm First Wolf in Over 70 years is Living near Grand Canyon’s North Rim
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  17. Putting wolves on North Kaibab now might work better
  18. Wolf Expansion Long Overdue
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  20. Federal Plan Would Expand Wolf Territory in Arizona, New Mexico
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  23. State: No Mexican gray wolves for Flagstaff area
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  31. Wolf Wanderers blog post
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  47. Editorial: Wolf expansion plan needs more details
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  50. Press Release: Scientists Call on Obama Administration to Keep Gray Wolves Protected Under Endangered Species Act
  51. Sedona Lecture Series focuses on Mexican Gray Wolf – April 8
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