Thursday, April 12 — 6:00pm
Harwood Art Center
1114 – 7th Street Northwest
Albuquerque, NM 87102
We’ll have food and sign-making supplies (bring additional supplies if you have them, please).
If you can’t come to the sign-making party, please make and bring your own signs if possible.
Appropriate messages for signs relate to the value of restoring wolves and the need for new releases into the wild. Some good sign slogans are:
* Mexican Wolves Are Born to Be Wild
* Wolves Need Wild Places Need Wolves
* Free (or Release) Lobos in the Wild
* Director Tuggle End the Freeze
* Mexican Wolves – Born to Be Wild
* 58 Wild Wolves is Not Enough
Without more releases, the wild population of only 58 wolves is at risk of a second extinction from threats such as disease, inbreeding, or catastrophic events like the Wallow Fire, which burned through Mexican wolf habitat last year. Please join us and help spread the word!
If you can’t make it to the rally, please send an email to USFWS Southwest Regional Director Benjamin Tuggle and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar telling them it’s time to put more wolves into the wild where they belong. You can just copy the message below into an email, add your own personal comments (why wolves are important to you, etc.), sign it with your name, address and phone number, and send it to: USFWS SW Regional Director Benjamin Tuggle with a cc to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.
Dear Director Tuggle,
Mexican gray wolves need to live wild, and wild places need them. New releases of Mexican gray wolves are badly needed to bolster the population of only 58 wolves that remain in the wild. This population is too small to ensure the survival of these magnificent animals and there are many wolves in captivity that are eligible for release. Newly released wolves will not only increase population numbers but will also improve the wild population’s genetics.
I ask that you do all in your power to expedite releases of more captive wolves into the wild and to change the rules governing the reintroduction to allow initial releases directly into New Mexico. As the agency with ultimate authority and responsibility for restoring the Mexican wolf, the US Fish and Wildlife Service should be doing anything it can do to confirm its commitment to the wolf’s success in the wild.