By Tim Steller, Arizona Daily Star
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today it will consider giving stronger protection to the Mexican gray wolf by classifying it as an endangered subspecies in its own right.
At present, the Mexican gray wolf is classified as endangered but only as a member of the greater gray wolf species, which has other populations around the United States.
However, if the subspecies is listed separately as endangered, that would prompt the service to write a new recovery plan for the Mexican gray wolf, said Michael Robinson of the Center for Biological Diversity, which has petitioned the service to re-classify the wolf. That’s because the service would be obliged to write a new recovery plan for the subspecies, and the plan could lead to changes in the rules governing that population.
Public comments are being accepted until Oct. 4. There are two ways to make a comment:
“¢ Go to www.regulations.gov, search for docket FWS-R2-ES-2010-0045, then follow the instructions for submitting comments.
“¢ Write mail to Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-R2-ES-2010-0045; Divison of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 222; Arlington, VA 22203.
All comments will be posted on the www.regulations.gov website.
You can read the full article, published by the Arizona Daily Star on August 3, 2010, and post a comment here.
An article on the same topic was published by the Los Angeles Times.
To learn what else you can do to help save Mexican wolves, click here.