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MexicanWolf Reintroduction Program, US only, closes tonight, Dec. 7
5 years ago

The Arizona Game & Fish Commission will be receiving a Department
briefing on the current state of the Mexican wolf reintroduction program
by the Assistant Director for Wildlife Management on Friday December 7.

Norman W. Freeman , Chair - Chino Valley

Jack F. Husted , Member - Springerville

John W. Harris , Member - Tucson

Robert E. Mansell , Member - Winslow

Kurt R. Davis, Member - Phoenix

Dear Sir,

First of all I would like to thank you for the opportunity to speak.
My name is ..... and I live in .....

The new releases of wolves into the wild are to increase the
population’s numbers and genetic health. This news is very important for me.
Well, at last count, just 58 wolves, including six breeding pairs,
survived in the wild.
The wild population is extremely small and vulnerable to threats such as
disease, inbreeding, or natural events.

The commission should support many new releases of captive wolves into
the wild.
Obstruction by anti-wolf special interests and politics has kept this
small population of unique and critically endangered wolves at the brink
of extinction for too long and can no longer be allowed to do so.

I support wolves and the majority of New Mexico and Arizona voters
support the Mexican wolf reintroduction.
Polling showed 69% support in New Mexico and 77% support in Arizona.

I'd like to talk about my personal connection to wolves and why the
issue is important to you. If you’re a grandmother wanting your
grandchildren to have the opportunity to hear wolves in the wild, or a
hunter who recognizes that wolves make game herds healthier, or a
businessperson who knows that wolves have brought millions in ecotourism
dollars to Yellowstone, say so.

The ecological benefits of wolves to entire ecosystems and all wildlife
are very important.
Wildlife biologists believe that Mexican wolves will improve the overall
health of the Southwest and its rivers and streams – just as the return
of gray wolves to Yellowstone has helped restore balance to its lands
and waters.

I've also important points to make concerning the recent release
proposal from AZ Game and Fish and the Fish and Wildlife Service.
While proposing to release a few new wolves into the wild after four
years of no releases is a step in the right direction, the Mexican Wolf
Blue Range Reintroduction Project Replacement Release Outline for
Arizona 2013 is
The wild population of Mexican wolves is at tremendous risk due to its
small size and genetics and the proposal is to put out one or two more
wolves within or next to existing wolves’ territories, and killing or
removing them if they become a “nuisance”.
The resumption of killing and removing endangered Mexican wolves over
livestock conflicts outlined in the Pack Management Plan is unacceptable.
Policies like those described in the plan are one of the reasons the
Mexican wolf population numbers and genetic health are still of such
great concern.

The department should Eliminate “resence of livestock” as a rationale
for excluding areas from consideration for wolf releases (There are
plenty of places to release wolves in the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area,
but many
appear to be excluded simply because of active livestock grazing
operations in the project area; proactive measures have been
successfully used to avoid depredations and the recovery of Mexican gray
wolves is the
appropriate priority).

Thank you for your time and attention,

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