While the draft proposal will exempt the small population of ~76 Mexican gray wolves in the Blue Range and will take the long needed step of relisting Mexican wolves as an endangered subspecies, this will still negatively impact recovery options for lobos.Additional protected populations in the Grand Canyon and elsewhere, places where gray wolves would no longer receive protections under the draft plan, are essential to the recovery of these critically endangered animals who remain at the brink of extinction in the wild.
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Letter Writing Tips & Talking Points
Point out that the scientists whose research is referenced in the draft rule to remove the gray wolves’ protections have stated in a recent letter that the science does not support the delisting.
Stress that the majority of Arizona and New Mexico residents support wolves and understand their importance. Polling done by Research and Polling, Inc. found 77 percent of Arizona respondents and 69% of NM respondents support the reintroduction of Mexican gray wolves. The poll also showed strong majority support for giving wolves greater protection under the Endangered Species Act.
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