- The actions of Governor Martinez’s Game Commission to thwart the recovery of Mexican gray wolves are childish and violate the public trust.
- In recent polls, the great majority of New Mexicans support lobo recovery.
- Folks should show up at the Commission meeting on the 29th and be heard — the wolves can’t speak so we must speak for them.
- At last official count, only 110 Mexican gray wolves were found in the wild, making them one of the most endangered wolves in the world. Actions such as NM Game Commission’s unwarranted denial of release permits will only further complicate efforts to recover these rare wolves.
- The New Mexico Game Commission, under Governor Martinez, has clearly become a tool of a small anti-wolf minority and its actions are out of touch with the majority of New Mexico voters who support wolf recovery and understand the important role top carnivores play in our ecosystems.
- Wolves are a benefit to the West and are essential to restoring the balance of nature. Actions to interfere with the Mexican gray wolf’s survival and recovery cheat us all of the opportunity to have wolves returned to their critical natural role.
- Mexican gray wolves are unique native animals. They are the rarest, most genetically distinct subspecies of gray wolf in North America. State and federal agencies should do all in their power to move these special wolves away from extinction towards recovery. Instead, Martinez’s Game Commission has chosen play politics with the wolves’ future.
- Wolves generate economic benefits – a University of Montana study found that visitors who come to see wolves in Yellowstone contribute roughly $35.5 million annually to the regional economy. New Mexico stands to benefit from wolf-related tourism, but only if the Mexican wolf reintroduction is allowed to succeed.
- The state is putting up roadblocks that could doom our lobos, but the feds are also dragging their feet on recovery.
- Cross-fostering is a long shot that requires all sorts of factors to align perfectly. Cross-fostering alone cannot come close to saving the wolves — more adult wolves must be released from captivity.
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at the Commission Meeting in Albuquerque.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
1000 Woodward Place NE
The rally will begin at 8:00 a.m.
The meeting will be held from 9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.
Members of the public will not be allowed to speak during the Mexican wolf discussion (agenda item 7), but we will be present to visibly show our support for wolves during the meeting.