Writing a letter to the editor is an excellent way to raise awareness about critically endangered Mexican gray wolves and the steps needed to help them thrive. Surveys of newspaper readers show that the letters page is among the most closely read parts of the paper. It's also the page policy-makers look to as a barometer of public opinion. We applaud these fine letter writers, who are making a difference for endangered lobos! We hope that these letters will motivate you to be a voice for wolves.
Arizona Daily Sun – February 28
To the editor:
To Mr. Bray of the Arizona Cattle Growers' Association, I would like to say "No" we do NOT need to start from square one. This effort has been proven and supported over and over, you just do not like the answer. And I am curious as to why federal officials have not been searching and vetting new locations from the day the New Rule went into effect. While I do appreciate that, after 30 years, this is a step forward it seems that the dragging of feet is why we are 30 years behind in saving this endangered species.
Mr. Whiting, of Navajo County, must have missed the meetings in Pinetop where 200 people, not "a few locals," spoke in favor of wolf releases. And then there are the ongoing campaigns of letter writing, volunteering, petitions signed by hundreds in Flagstaff alone. Defenders of Wildlife has a very successful program using Range Riders and working side by side with local ranchers, a win win for wolves and ranchers -- why do we not hear about that?
Thank you for this very detailed article but we need to get busy, we do NOT have 20 more years.
GAYLENE D. SOPER
Santa Fe New Mexican – February 28, 2016
Thank you for your article on the decline of the Mexican wolf population (“After years of growth, Mexican gray wolf population declines,” Feb. 18). I wonder why the game and fish commissions of New Mexico and Arizona are political bodies rather than agencies scientifically involved with fostering healthy ecosystems. Shouldn’t people concerned with wildlife also be concerned about the ecosystems providing habitat for that wildlife? A healthy ecosystem produces both the game animals that provide meat for hunters and the predators that keep the game healthy by preying on the weakest.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s newly released annual wolf count is 97. The previous year it was 110. That’s a big drop in a fragile population. The commissions’ insistence that more studies are needed before a wolf recovery plan is finalized is simply a stalling action coming out of their own politically driven ignorance. In pressuring the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to keep wolf populations small and out of the best habitats for recovery, they dishonor not only science, but nature itself.
PLEASE WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR TO SHOW YOU STAND WITH WOLVES TOO!
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