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ACTION ALERT! Speak Out Against the Fish and Wildlife Service's 'Recovery Sham'

Come to Public Meetings in Arizona and New Mexico

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Come to Public Meetings on the Recovery Sham!


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold four public meetings to answer questions and accept written comments on their draft recovery plan for the Mexican gray wolf. Let’s pack them with wolf supporters to show them how worried we are about this flawed plan!

Come early to prepare -- we’ll have space near each location before the meetings to help you prepare your comments, answer questions about the plan and the process, and to connect with other wolf supporters.


Fish and Wildlife Service Meeting Locations and Times


Flagstaff – July 18th, 6 - 9pm
NAU Campus, Prochnow Auditorium, South Knowles Dr.

Meeting Preparation at our 'Wolf Den' – July 18th, 4 - 5:45pm
Pro-Wolf Rally to follow
Flagstaff Friends Meetinghouse
402 South Beaver St.

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Pinetop, AZ – July 19th, 6 - 9pm
Hon-Dah Resort, Casino Banquet Hall, 777 AZ-260

Meeting Preparation at our 'Wolf Den' – July 19th, 4:15 - 5:45pm
Hon-Dah Resort, Suite #172

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Truth or Consequences – July 20th, 6 - 9pm
Civic Center, Ralph Edwards Auditorium, 400 W 4th

Meeting Preparation at our 'Wolf Den'  – July 20th, 3:30 - 5pm
Pro-Wolf Rally to follow
Civic Center, 400 W 4th

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Albuquerque – July 22nd, 2 - 5pm
Crowne Plaza, 1901 University Blvd NE

Meeting Preparation at our 'Wolf Den' – July 22nd, 11am - 1:15pm
Pro-Wolf Rally to follow
Crowne Plaza, 1901 University Blvd NE


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Please fill out this carpool form if you plan to attend and need a ride, or can give a ride.
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To review and comment on the draft revised recovery plan and related documents, visit www.regulations.gov and enter the docket number FWS–R2–ES–2017–0036 in the search bar.

Draft Mexican Wolf Recovery Plan, First Revision

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Background

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is under a court order to complete the plan for the Mexican gray wolf by the end of November.

Despite the recommendations of scientists, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service developed a draft recovery plan for the Mexican gray wolf that unnaturally limits the population size and range of this subspecies in the Southwest. Exclusion of millions of acres of suitable habitat near Grand Canyon, north of the current recovery area, and an artificial cap on population size will limit real recovery of this species to a state-managed token animal instead of allowing it to fulfill its important role in maintaining ecosystem health.

This draft plan, as well as the entire recovery planning process is a sham. The previous efforts to draft a plan was an open and transparent process that rested upon the best available science. The current draft plan rests on science drafted by agency staff with conflicts of interest and was planned behind closed doors. The result is a plan that will likely drive the Mexican gray wolf to extinction by exacerbating the genetic problems they’re currently experiencing.


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service convened a recovery planning team in 2010 that included a Science and Planning Subgroup made up of some of the top wolf experts in the country. The Science and Planning Subgroup developed draft recommendations for recovery of the Mexican gray wolf based on the best available science, which included the following:

1. In addition to the current wild population of Mexican gray wolves in western New Mexico and eastern Arizona, two new core populations must be established in the Grand Canyon region in northern Arizona and southern Utah and in the Southern Rockies region in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado, areas containing the most suitable habitat for Mexican gray wolves.

2. Natural dispersal must be possible between the three core populations through habitat connectivity.

3. Each of the three populations must have a minimum of 200 wolves and, together, must have, at the very least, 750 wolves.

4. There must be a decrease in human-caused mortality.

5. Genetic rescue of the wild population must be addressed.
An abundance of research demonstrates the important role that wolves can play in restoring health and balance to the ecosystems they inhabit. Wolf-related tourism brings an estimated $35 million in annual tourist revenue to the Greater Yellowstone region. Similar economic and ecological benefits are very likely in Arizona once wolves are fully restored to the landscape.


See our Press Release for more information about this flawed Recovery Plan.


Can't make any of the meetings?  You can still protest this 'Recovery Sham'.
We provide talking points and contact information HERE.