A wolf that once roamed parts of the American Southwest and northern Mexico would be removed from the list of federally protected species under legislation proposed by U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake.
The Arizona Republican introduced the measure last week. He’s a critic of the Mexican gray wolf recovery plan, calling it a regulatory nightmare for ranchers and rural communities.
The bill calls for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to determine if a population of fewer than 100 wolves has been established along the Arizona-New Mexico border. If so, the predator would be considered recovered and removed from the endangered list.
Environmentalists say it’s an attempt to sidestep the Endangered Species Act.
According to the most recent survey, an estimated 113 wolves roam parts of Arizona and New Mexico.
This article was published in the Santa Fe New Mexican, Arizona Daily Star, the Daily Courier, the Daily Miner, SF Gate, and the Seattle Times
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Letter Writing Tips & Talking Points
- The bill Senator Flake has introduced disregards the role of science in recovering endangered species, and ignores the fact that the states support the recent U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recovery plan for the Mexican gray wolf.
- Senator Flake’s bill undermines the will of the people by circumventing the overwhelmingly popular Endangered Species Act.
- In a 2008 poll of registered voters, 77 % of Arizonans and 69% of New Mexicans supported “the reintroduction of the Mexican gray wolf into these public lands in Arizona and New Mexico.”
In a 2013 poll of registered voters, 87% of both Arizonans and New Mexicans agreed that “wolves are a vital part of America’s wilderness and natural heritage.” 83% of Arizonans and 80% of New Mexicans agreed that “the US Fish and Wildlife Service should make every effort to help wolves recover and prevent extinction.”
- It has now been 40 years since the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service first listed the Mexican gray wolf under the Endangered Species Act, yet the species is still struggling to remain viable.
- 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.
- We have a moral, economic and scientific responsibility to restore endangered species like the Mexican gray wolf.
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