The Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper reports that the USFWS has asked for comments on a plan to release "...two packs of adult and young wolves in New Mexico this year, as well as place captive-born pups with wild litters." The Mexican wolf program has been languishing in limbo for a generation due to the opposition of State politicians and state wildlife officials who succumb to the views of a small number of ranchers while the general public supports wolves. The full article is available at http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/feds-calls-for-comment-on-mexican-gray-wolf-plan/article_127c3852-6e41-51ae-a53e-074a5b1d318b.html#.WKcpV3Ww0Xs.t
I encourage everyone to contact the USFWS and support the release: here is how and where to do it:
Send your comments to:
Mexican Wolf Recovery Program
Attn: proposed releases in NM
2105 Osuna Rd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113
Show your support for Mexican wolves with a Letter to the Editor today!
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• If Senators Flake and McCain succeed in passing the Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Plan Act, which aims to give states control over the process, states that have shown themselves to be hostile to Mexican wolf recovery would gain veto power over the Service's recovery plan. This would spell disaster for the already fragile wild population of lobos.
• Inbreeding is causing lower pup litters and lower survival rates for pups. The genetic problems Mexican wolves are experiencing can easily be relieved by releases of captive wolves to the wild, but Governor Martinez’s game commission has blocked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from doing its job to recover the lobo. They should stop blocking science-based recovery.
• The captive population of Mexican gray wolves has enough genetic diversity that more releases of wolves could save the wild population from inbreeding, but more releases must happen, and quickly.
• If New Mexico had not blocked releases of wolves in 2016, the population would be more healthy today.
• The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must let the best available science guide the Mexican wolf recovery process, not individual state politics.
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