Suggested talking points for your comments and outreach:
- The US Fish & Wildlife Service continues to give Arizona and New Mexico control over reintroduction by not even planning to ask for permission to release well-bonded adult pairs with pups.
- The Plan calls for trying to take 12 captive born pups and place them with foster mothers in wild dens — but has no provisions for accountability or a “fallback” to keep the genetic health from deteriorating if this goal is not met.
- In the time that the US Fish & Wildlife Service took to go from a draft release plan to a final one for 2019, the genetic health of the wild population has worsened: There now are only two wild wolves not related to a wolf [AF 521] whose genes are over-represented.
- Because the US Fish & Wildlife Service has handed off release decisions to Arizona and New Mexico state agencies, it plans on “putting all its pups in one basket” — that is, it specifically rejects using adult releases because the US Fish & Wildlife Service claims they are too much work.
- By relying solely on placing pups into existing dens, the US Fish & Wildife Service is caving in to Arizona and New Mexico who want to slow the dispersal of wild wolves into additional — legally authorized — suitable habitat.
You may submit written responses by one of the following methods:
Electronically: You may email email@example.com. Responses submitted electronically must be received by 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time on February 28, 2019.
By hard copy: Submit by U.S. mail to: Mexican Wolf Recovery Program, Attn: 2019 Proposed Releases in NM; 2105 Osuna Rd NE; Albuquerque, NM 87113.
Responses submitted by U.S. mail must be received by February 28, 2019.
Please send us a copy of your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can be sure it goes into the record. Thank you!