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Arizona Game and Fish to Hold Meetings on Gray Wolves

San Francisco Chronicle  (posted 9/23/13)

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September 14, 2013

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Game and Fish Department will hold informational meetings this month on federal proposals regarding Mexican wolves.

It's to share information with constituents on two proposed U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rules dealing with Mexican wolf conservation.

The first federal rule proposes delisting the gray wolf from the federal list of threatened and endangered species but maintaining endangered status.

The second federal rule proposes expansion of the geographic boundaries of the Mexican Wolf Experimental Population Area in Arizona and New Mexico as well as modification of a rule for managing the experimental population.

The public meetings are scheduled for Sept. 23 in Payson, Sept. 25 in Tucson and Sept. 26 in Pinetop.


Public comments to the Fish and Wildlife Service on both proposed rules are due by Oct. 28.

This article appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle on September 14, 2013.

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The meetings will be held from 4-7 p.m. on the following dates:

Tuesday, Sept. 24 -- Tucson, Arizona Game and Fish Department Region 5
office, 555 N. Greasewood Road.

Thursday, Sept. 26 -- Pinetop, Arizona Game and Fish Department Region 1
office, 2878 E. White Mountain Blvd.

Each meeting will include a presentation at 4 p.m. that will be repeated at 5:30 p.m. There will be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions or share comments after each presentation. Information will be provided on how to submit formal comments to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on the proposed rules.

Arizona Game and Fish also plans to post a video of the presentation on its
website at www.azgfd.gov the week of Sept. 23.


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PLEASE TAKE ACTION FOR MEXICAN WOLVES
Below are actions that you can take to help Mexican wolves.

(1)  Please submit comments to the US Fish and Wildlife Service on the proposed changes to the Mexican gray wolf reintroduction rule and on how to encourage NM members of Congress to stand for wolves.

(2)  Lobos need you to attend the Public Hearing in Albuquerque on October 4.  This will be the only Hearing that will address the rule changes that directly affect Mexican gray wolves.
Click here for more information.

(3)  Share this information with your friends!


Thank you for speaking out to save Mexican wolves!

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Photo credit: Rebecca Bose, Wolf Conservation Center