Urgent! Please act to stop lobo extinction bill today!
Act now to stop anti-Mexican wolf legislation in its tracks.
Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) and Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM) have introduced a lobo extinction bill (on June 25, 2015), the "Mexican wolf Transparency and Accountability Act," which would void the listing of the Mexican wolf as an endangered subspecies, reduce the area they are allowed to roam to just the original Blue Range Wolf Recovery area, and prohibit wolves being released from captivity into New Mexico, which is hugely important for expediting genetic rescue.
PLEASE CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVES IN CONGRESS TODAY and urge them not to cosponsor or vote for this bill or any similar bills or riders.
Contact info for your reps is available at this link just by clicking on your state: http://www.contactingthecongress.org/
When you call, you can simply say something like:
As a constituent, I urge Representative X to oppose the "Mexican Wolf Transparency and Accountability Act" and any other legislation or riders that seek to undermine wolf recovery or the Endangered Species Act. Only about 109 Mexican gray wolves remain in the wild in the United States, making them highly endangered. I want my representative X to work for the greater protection of these wolves and to oppose efforts to push them closer to extinction.
Please be polite and thank whoever answers the phone.
This alert has been posted on the Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project Facebook page, so please share from there and feel free to share the info with others by email as well.
PLEASE SHARE WIDELY. It is critical that we generate congressional opposition to this bill so that it will not pass as stand-alone legislation or as a rider tacked onto an appropriations bill.
We will post additional updates on this legislation as we get them, both here and on our Facebook page.
Sponsors and Cosponsors: Paul Gosar*, Steve Pearce*, Mark Amodei, Trent Franks, Glen Grothman, Martha McSally, Collin Peterson, Matt Salmon, David Schweikert and Ryan Zinke
Thank you for standing for endangered Mexican gray wolves!
Tell Arizona Game and Fish to Stop Undermining Wolf Recovery!
Stand for Wolves at the June 12, 2015 Commission Meeting
For many years, the Arizona Game and Fish Commission has sought to undermine the recovery of Mexican gray wolves. The 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'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 the June 12th AZ Game and Fish Commission Meeting.
Wear your lobo shirts and stickers, and give wolves a voice during the Wolf Briefing (Agenda item 5) 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 Payson:
Mazatzal Hotel (Fireside Room)
Highway 87, Mile Marker 251
Payson, Arizona 85541
Or you can participate via video teleconference from a Regional Office in Phoenix, Pinetop, Flagstaff, Kingman, Yuma, or Mesa (click here for regional office addresses). A new agenda came out on June 10th that says the Tucson office will be closed for construction.
We advise showing up by 8 am.
The meeting starts at 8 am and a call to public, during which you can speak for wolves. is the first agenda item.
The Mexican wolf update is item 5. You can sign up for texted agenda items on the day here.
We will have Packtivists at the Payson meeting and at the Phoenix and Flagstaff offices to support wolf advocates.
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. We will provide additional information later this week at Mexicanwolves.org about how to prepare to participate and what to expect.
Click here for tips and talking points about what to expect and how to prepare to speak at the meeting.
To RSVP, get updates, sign up for carpooling, and/or get text messages about when the Commission is getting closer to the wolf agenda item, fill out the form here.
Thank you for giving our endangered native wolves a voice!
Tell the Government to restore wolves in the Grand Canyon region!
The Grand Canyon region in northern Arizona and southern New Mexico has been identified by science as necessary for Mexican wolf recovery. Science also shows that wolves are important for restoring the ecological health of our wildlands.
But two misguided developments threaten our ability to restore wolves in the Grand Canyon region: efforts in Congress to strip Endangered Species protections from wolves across the U.S., and reintroduction rules that do not allow Mexican gray wolves to live north of I-40.
Please send a postcard to Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and ask her to restore and protect wolves in the Grand Canyon region today. You can personalize and use some of the talking points below in your postcard.
Dear Secretary Jewell,
- As a resident of Arizona, I want wolves restored in my state, including in the Grand Canyon region north of I-40.
- Administrative or legislative actions that strip wolves' Endangered Species Act protection threaten wolf recovery. Please use your influence to stop all such actions from moving forward.
- The rules that keep Mexican gray wolves from living north of I-40 contradict the best available science on recovery and cheat us of the ecological benefits of restoring wolves in this important region.
- Wolves have been missing from most of Arizona and from Utah for too long. Please do everything necessary to restore them to the essential natural role in these states and throughout the U.S.
- Include your name and address in your message.
You can also email and call Secretary Jewell with this message:
Phone: (202) 208-7351
Thank you for speaking out for wolves today!
Please Comment on the Mexican wolf final EIS - due December 27!
Take Action to Save Endangered Mexican Gray Wolves!
This new version of the proposal for managing Mexican gray wolves ignores the best available science and tens of thousands of comments submitted urging greater protections and freedom to roam for these endangered animals. Read our Press Release with fellow conservation partners on the final EIS for the Mexican wolf rule change here.
Comments are due no later than December 27, 2014. Please submit comments today, telling the government that allowing more killing and risky captures of these wolves is unacceptable, and ask others to do the same.
Please include these points in your comments:
(If you personalize these, it will make your comments more effective. If you're short on time, you can just copy and paste them into the comment form here.)
* US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) should move forward with allowing new wolves to be released throughout the larger area proposed.The Mexican gray wolf is the most endangered mammal in the U.S. with only about 83 in the wild. Additional wolves must be released into the wild now to increase the genetic health of the species. Numerous wolves are in captive breeding facilities around the country, prepared for, and awaiting, release.
* USFWS should not allow more killing of critically endangered wolves. The proposal will push Mexican gray wolves towards extinction by allowing many more of them to be killed under all kinds of reasons that have nothing to do with science or recovery. With fewer than 90 in the wild, every wolf is important. These native lobos need more protections, not less.
* Wolves need freedom from boundaries. Given room to roam, the wolves will establish themselves in suitable areas with adequate game. They will naturally avoid places with high densities of humans and low prey availability. USFWS must change the rules that do not allow wolves to establish new packs and populations in additional areas that are essential to their recovery.
* Additional populations of Mexican wolves north of I-40 are necessary to their recovery and genetic health, as is the ability for wolves to move between populations. Capturing and moving wolves because they roam beyond an artificial boundary is always a risky business that can result in death or trauma to the wolf.
* The USFWS should designate Mexican gray wolves as essential. By labeling all of the wild wolves as "nonessential" the USFWS ignores science and the reality of 16 years of experience with reintroducing wolves. The 83 wolves in the wild have up to 5 generations of experience in establishing packs and raising pups and are over 22% of all of the Mexican wolves in the world. The fifth generation wild lobos are not expendable and are essential to recovering this unique subspecies of wolf.
* The USFWS needs to quit stalling and complete a comprehensive recovery plan. USFWS admits that their 1982 recovery plan is not scientifically sound and does not meet current legal requirements – yet in its proposed rule USFWS continues to ignore the best available science and the recommendations of its own science recovery planning subgroup.
Submit your comments here: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FWS_FRDOC_0001-1298
Enter Now: Grand Canyon Wolf Naming Contest!
Open to children and youth under 18 years old - deadline Thursday, December 4, 2014
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has confirmed, through DNA tests on scat, that there is a female northern Rockies gray wolf on the Kaibab National Forest, near the north rim of Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.
This brave female is the first wolf in this area for more than 70 years! This historic and cause for celebration!
We think this amazing pioneer inhabiting an area where wolves once thrived deserves a special name. That's why groups from all over the west are working together on this contest!
You must be under age 18 to enter. If you would like to help name this unique animal and be part of his or her story, please fill out the form here with your parent or legal guardian*: http://goo.gl/forms/WqfkUrdtTl
The deadline to enter is December 4, 2014
The winning name will be announced by Monday, December 8, 2014.
The Kaibab Plateau has forested lands with elevations up to 9,000 feet, surrounded by the sage, grasslands and canyons of lower elevations. It is bordered on the south by the Grand Canyon, on the east and west by tributary canyons of the Colorado River, and on the north by plains that are dissected by the tiers of uplifted cliffs of the Grand Staircase.
Wolves were once native to this part of the Grand Canyon region, but were wiped out by a federal extermination program in the early 1900's. Scientists say this area is great habitat for wolves.
Mexican gray wolves, a subspecies of gray wolves, live in Arizona and New Mexico but the government won't allow them to live north of Interstate 40. Gray wolves from the northern Rocky Mountains are mostly in states north of Utah and Colorado and are bigger than Mexican gray wolves, or lobos.
Gray wolves are legendary for traveling long distances, and this wolf would have have traveled hundreds of miles from her home in Wyoming or another Rocky Mountain state through Utah and into Arizona.
Gray wolves are currently federally protected under the Endangered Species Act in Arizona. If this is a wolf, the government should do all in its power to protect her or him.
Wolves are intelligent, feeling animals who often live in families (packs) with their mates, siblings, and pups. Sometimes, like this animal, they travel long distances from their original family to find a mate and start a family of their own.
Enter the contest here.
Thank you for helping!
*The information entered in the form will not be used for any commercial purpose or shared with anyone not involved in the contest except for publicity about the contest.
Photos courtesy of National Park Service staff and AZ Game and Fish Department