Update: Arizona’s Game and Fish Commission supports Congressional efforts to delist gray wolves
On December 4, the AZ Game and Fish Commission decided to ignore the overwhelming majority of Arizona’s voters that support the Mexican wolf reintroduction.
Instead, the Commission voted 4-1 to support Congressional actions to delist the gray wolf from protection under the Endangered Species Act, making it clear that state control is their top priority, not Mexican gray wolf recovery.
Please contact your members of Congress to ensure the Mexican wolf remains a protected species!
You can read the Press Release issued by the AZ Game and Fish Department on their Facebook Page. While you’re there, you can leave a comment telling them what a terrible idea this is. This is contemptuous of science and sets an appalling precedent for all wildlife species. Only around 40 Mexican wolves remain in the wild, making them the most highly endangered mammal in North America. And the Mexican wolf population declined alarmingly under Arizona’s leadership on the Adaptive Management Oversight Committee! You’ll have to "like" the page to comment, but you can unlike it when you're done.
Photo credit: Mexican gray wolf courtesy of Trisha Shears