The reintroduction of the endangered Mexican gray wolf is not just about Arizona. This effort reflects our national commitment to endangered species and serves a long-standing national value for healthy ecosystems.
Arizona has a particular interest in these wolves because they are being recovered on federal land here and in New Mexico. The Arizona Game and Fish Commission was right to reaffirm the state's involvement with the federal wolf program, which began before the first animals were released in 1998.
But the commission was wrong in voting last week to oppose the release of new wolves until a new federal plan is developed for the program.