“Nothing is more priceless and more worthy of preservation than the rich array of animal life with which our country has been blessed. It is a many-faceted treasure, of value to scholars, scientists, and nature lovers alike, and it forms a vital part of the heritage we all share as Americans. I congratulate the 93d . . . → Read More: Celebrate 37 Years of Endangered Species Protections!
Just in case you haven’t heard, a new book, “Awakening Spirits: Wolves in the Southern Rockies” is especially relevant to the Mexican wolf recovery effort. It includes excellent discussions by distinguished scientists and researchers on the ecological and intrinsic values of wolves, along with practical advise on getting wolves back in the wild.
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The employee in this position will serve as the Mexican Wolf Coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, New Mexico Ecological Services Field Office. As such, the incumbent applies a comprehensive understanding of ecosystem-based approaches to Mexican wolf recovery and natural resource management with emphasis on the complex interrelationships and political dynamics in the . . . → Read More: Fish and Wildlife Service Advertises for Mexican Wolf Coordinator
At last count, just 42 wild Mexican wolves remained in the entire world, 27 of them in Arizona. Despite these critically low numbers, the Arizona Game and Fish Commission (AZGF) thinks Mexican wolves don’t deserve the protection that the Endangered Species Act provides. Visit the Defenders of Wildlife site and tell the Arizona Game and Fish Commission to strengthen wolf recovery efforts, not weaken them. . . . → Read More: Arizona Wolves Are in Big Trouble
TUCSON, Ariz. – The Arizona Game and Fish Department has written to the state’s congressional delegation, urging removal of the Mexican gray wolf from federal Endangered Species Act protection. The department argues Arizona could take over the Mexican wolf recovery program and operate it more efficiently and cost-effectively. But Eva Sargent, southwest program director for Defenders of Wildlife, disagrees. When the state used to run the wolf recovery program, for a period of six years, she says it nearly drove the population to extinction through excessive wolf removals. . . . → Read More: AZ Game and Fish Bids to Take Over Gray Wolf Recovery
We cut our Christmas tree on Friday and found wolf tracks!
“In order to know where to center those programs, we need to know where hot spots of depredation are,” Sargent said. “And they usually are hot spots, a particular ranch, a particular area.” Matt Kenna, the attorney who represented the environmental groups, said there were other uses for the information. He said that most of the losses to ranchers were on leased public lands and not on private property. Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/business/abg/articles/2010/12/16/20101216abg-fischer1216.html#ixzz18OLMHcYA . . . → Read More: Access to details of wolf-killed cattle denied
If you like to hike in Southern Utah!!!
“It doesn’t look like the rest of southern Utah,” Liz Thomas, a Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance attorney, said Wednesday at a news conference calling on the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to stop motorized travel in Arch Canyon and 3,000 miles of trails throughout the region. “It’s . . . → Read More: Environmentalists want to close thousands of miles of trails
( Phoenix, AZ ) Here and Now host Steve Goldstein talks to Tom Buckley, spokesman for the US Fish and Wildlife Service Southwest Region Office. Dave Parsons, Biologist with the Re-Wilding Institute in New Mexico, and Craig Miller of the Defenders of Wildlife also join in to talk about the status of the Mexican Gray Wolf re-introduction program and the controversy over whether or not the wolf should stop being considered an endangered species. . . . → Read More: KJZZ Here and Now on Wolves
ScienceDaily (Dec. 14, 2010) — If current climate projections hold true, the forests of the Southwestern United States face a bleak future, with more severe — and more frequent — forest fires, higher tree death rates, more insect infestation, and weaker trees. . . . → Read More: Continued Death of Forests Predicted in Southwestern US Due to Climate Change