Writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper 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.
Below are some recent letters that have been published.
Actions help gray wolves
It was good to hear that there were fewer deaths of Mexican gray wolves in 2012 than in 2011.
The actions taken, reimbursement to ranchers, efforts at educating all on the importance of keeping a healthy population of predators and a concerted effort made by all parties to resolve conflicts have resulted in an increase in the wolf population.
Hopefully, this effort will continue and more wolves will be released into the wild.
An increase in predators leads to a healthy balance of predator and prey. That also results in a healthier ecosystem, as has happened in Yellowstone with the reintroduction of the wolf. Every step taken to achieve the return of the gray wolf is a step in the right direction.
-- Carol Masuda, Tucson
Thank you for publishing the op-ed article on the Mexican wolf, (“We can still save the Mexican gray wolf,” Dec. 16). The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service should release more wolves in to the wild as well as increase the area where the wolves can live. Ranchers must make some reasonable effort to cooperate. It is time to restore these wolves as key members of the eco-community and in doing so help to restore the proper balance of nature.
David J. Messineo
South Otselic, N.Y
Agency must aid wolves
I support the recent lawsuit to speed the recovery of the Mexican gray wolf ("Group sues feds over gray wolf reintroduction," The Arizona Republic, Thursday).
The program's failure to get more wild wolves into the forests of Arizona and New Mexico is a shameful example of political interference in ecological recovery. The agency has known for a decade how to recover wolves and has stalled on taking action while trying to please the anti-wolf crowd (including certain state agencies). It's too bad U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seems to need the courts to tell them how best to recover imperiled species.
Good luck, Center for Biological Diversity, and Godspeed more wolves on our public lands!
-- Greta Anderson, Tucson
The letters to the editor page is one of the most widely read, influential parts of the newspaper. One letter from you can reach thousands of people and will also likely be read by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
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