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FWS releases Mexican gray wolf recovery plan for Arizona and New Mexico

 

Mexican gray wolf howling
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After decades of deliberation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has released its Mexican gray wolf recovery plan, which concentrates recovery efforts in areas south of Interstate 40 in Arizona and New Mexico and just south of the border in Mexico. This region is what FWS officials call the “core areas of the predators’ historic range,” the Mohave Valley Daily News reports.

As goHUNT previously reported, FWS was under a court order to complete the plan within the 2017 calendar year. While both New Mexico and Arizona have fought against recovery efforts, arguing that more wolves will bring increased livestock depredation and more human-wolf conflicts, recovery efforts have continued to move forward with FWS. In fact, in April, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that FWS can release Mexican wolves in New Mexico without a state permit despite the state’s objections.

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Mexican wolves disappeared from the wild in the 1970s. While the 2016 survey counted 113 wolves, up from 2015’s count of 97, the animals are still far from recovery. As goHUNT previously reported, the 2016 FWS survey:

  • Located 21 packs and counted roughly 50 wolves in New Mexico and 63 in Arizona;
  • Documented 50 wild-born pups that survived through the end of the year (compared to 23 in 2015);
  • Confirmed that three of the six wolf pups that were cross-fostered were still alive; and
  • Logged 13 Mexican wolf mortalities – 11 of which are under investigation to determine cause of death.

The newly drafted Mexican gray wolf recovery plan includes how to handle other threats that can hurt restoration efforts, like genetic diversity. It states that for the wolves to be considered fully recovered, a minimum of 320 wolves must survive for several years, according to the Mohave Valley Daily News.

The full plan is available here. FWS will hold four public comment meetings in New Mexico and Arizona before the plan is finalized.

1. Flagstaff, AZ: July 18, 2017 (6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.): Northern Arizona University, Prochnow Auditorium, South Knowles Drive, Flagstaff, AZ 86001.
2. Pinetop, AZ: July 19, 2017 (6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.): Hon-Dah Resort, 777 AZ-260, Pinetop, AZ 85935.
3. Truth or Consequences, NM: July 20, 2017 (6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.): Ralph Edwards Auditorium, Civic Center, 400 West Fourth, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901.
4. Albuquerque, NM: July 22, 2017 (2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.): Crowne Plaza Albuquerque, 1901 University Boulevard NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102.

Will more wolves in New Mexico and Arizona negatively impact big game populations? Stay tuned to goHUNT for further updates.

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ISAAC F. - posted 2 months ago on 06-30-2017 11:46:17 pm
New Mexico
goHUNT INSIDER

Those are not wolves, they are genetically engineered German Shepherds!!!

Johnny G. - posted 2 months ago on 07-01-2017 05:31:48 am

I served as a Mexican wolf field technician for the USFWS for over three years. I witnessed Mexican wolf managers in Albuquerque, in conjunction with the USFWS, Region 2, Office of Law Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, systematically violate the U.S. Constitutional Rights of the people of the wolf recovery area.

There can be peace if justice is served. There is room enough on this earth for both wolves and humans. There is no room for corrupt "law enforcement" or bureaucrats who operate outside of the law.

Join me in my mission to hold the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service accountable for their crimes against the American people. Please use the official comment period for the Mexican wolf plan to speak-up and say NO to the USFWS and their tyranny. YES to responsible, legal wolf management! NO to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service!

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Tavis R. - posted 2 months ago on 07-01-2017 10:26:28 am
Oak Creek, Colorado
goHUNT INSIDER

So, they counted 113 wolves. Based on being involved in wildlife population estimates for deer and other animals in the past, actual counts were typically far under the actual populations. I know in one high-fenced ranch in Texas where they were actually trying to kill all the whitetails they did two counts - areal and spotlight. Ended up with two very different estimates and then killed 2x the number of whitetails estimated from the count - then did the same thing the following year and still had whitetails in there! Finally used dogs and areal gunning to clean out the deer.

If they counted 113, there are probably closer to 300 or more already.

The USFW wolf "recovery" programs are nothing more than Federal TAKING of State and Local rights. It is unfortunate that there really could be great partnerships and results, but the Federal Government prefers Strong-Arming.