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Congressmen Raul Grijalva and Jared Polis Request Stronger Protections for Mexican Gray Wolves

Letter Sent to Fish & Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe, October 17, 2012  (posted 10/30/12)

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On October 17, Congressmen Raul Grijalva and Jared Polis delivered a letter of concern to Dan Ashe, the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, regarding the Mexican wolf.  The Congressman addressed the recent denial of reclassification of Canis lupis bailey (Mexican gray wolf) as a subspecies, which would give the Mexican wolves greater protections, and urged the Fish and Wildlife Service to reclassify the Mexican wolf as a subspecies separate from other gray wolves or a distinct population segment.  The letter also pushed Fish and Wildlife Service to expedite release of the draft Mexican gray wolf recovery plan for public comment.

Please join Congressmen Grijalva and Polis in telling Director Ashe that you support the highest protections for Mexican wolves.  Additionally, with less than 60 in the wild, more wolves need to be released to ensure genetic health.  Remind him that the Mexican wolf is a critically endangered species and the Fish and Wildlife Service is bound by the Endangered Species Act to “… to ensure that actions they authorize, fund, or carry out are not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of any listed species …”

Please write to:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Director – Dan Ashe

Mailing Address:
Dan Ashe, Director
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
1849 C. Street NW
Washington, DC 20240

You can also thank Congressman Grijalva and Polis for their support for Mexican wolves:

Congressman Raul Grijalva

Congressman Jared Polis


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