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Call Jeff Flake if you live in Arizona – February 24, 2017


Arizona Action Alert
Stop Extinction Legislation: Arizonans Call Senator Flake today!

Just wanted to let you know that members of the Phoenix Lobos-Rising Packtivist Group will be joining other demonstrators in front of Senator Flake’s office on Friday April 7th from 12 to 1PM.  There are lunchtime demonstrations every Friday outside of Senator Flake’s Phoenix office and every Monday outside of McCain’s office.  The offices are across the street from each other.  If you know of activists in the Phoenix area who would be interested in joining us, please forward the information to them.  Feel free to give them my contact information.  Maya and/or Donna will be posting on Facebook and an action alert will go on the Website.

Friday April 7th from 12 to 1PM.  Demonstration against Senator Flake’s Mexican Gray Wolf Extinction Bill.

Demonstrate against Senator Flake’s Mexican Gray Wolf Extinction Bill

Friday April 7th from 12 to 1PM.  If you can’t make it for the full hour, please come for whatever length of time you can.

In Front of Senator Jeff Flake’s Phoenix office at 2200 E Camelback Road, Ste 120 Phoenix, AZ 85016

Bring a sign, if you have one!  If not, I will have some extra signs with me.

There will be a letter you can sign to be dropped off at Senator Flake’s office and Senator McCain’s office after the demonstration, or bring one of your own.

Info on this bill can be found at

Let’s join in on Friday the 7th and be a voice for the Lobos.

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Flake Introduces Bill that Threatens Mexican Gray Wolf

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For Immediate Release, February 16, 2017
Press Contact:
Michael Robinson
(575) 313-7017
TUCSON, Ariz.— Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) introduced legislation today that would give the states of Arizona and New Mexico, as well as ranchers, the right to dictate the terms of Mexican gray wolf recovery, undermining the scientific standards of the Endangered Species Act. States and ranchers have proven hostile to Mexican wolf recovery and have hampered the species’ recovery.
“This legislation doesn’t just let the fox guard the henhouse — it gives the fox title and deed,” said Michael Robinson, a conservation advocate with the Center for Biological Diversity. “Decisions about recovering highly endangered Mexican gray wolves should be based on science. They shouldn’t be based on the whims of the livestock industry and states, whose known hostility to wolves is out of step with the majority of Americans — both in the Southwest and across the country — who support the recovery of these beautiful and unique animals.”
The anti-wolf bill would impose a politically derived cap on the struggling wolf population, meaning wolves would be killed to satisfy an arbitrary population number before the population is even out of peril. The bill would prohibit recovery of the wolves north of Interstate 40 — thereby permanently banning Mexican wolves from the Grand Canyon and southern Rocky Mountain ecosystems, which scientists say are critical to wolf recovery in the Southwest. The bill would also replace the Endangered Species Act’s science-based criteria for determining when the Mexican wolf could be taken off the endangered list, instead imposing criteria to be determined by the states and ranchers and precluding judicial review of this insidious change.
Mexican gray wolves were reduced to just seven animals as a result of a federal program of trapping and poisoning that was only halted through the 1973 passage of the Endangered Species Act. Those seven wolves survived to be captured alive for breeding to stave off extinction. Reintroduction to the Southwest began in 1998, but numbers of wolves oscillated and declined precipitously from 2004 to 2009, when the Arizona Game and Fish Department controlled management and directed the trapping and shooting of numerous wolves, including genetically valuable animals. The population began to rise in 2010 after a conservationist lawsuit led to a resumption of federal management.
Thanks to a separate conservationist lawsuit, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is under court order to finalize a Mexican wolf recovery plan by Nov. 30.
Arizona authorities have long opposed the release of captive wolf families into the wild, even though that is the most reliable means of bringing in more genetically diverse animals to ensure the survival of the wild population; currently, nearly all the wolves are related to each other as if they were siblings. Instead, Arizona authorities support the riskier release of neonatal wolf pups from captivity to “foster” wolf families. And in New Mexico, Gov. Susana Martinez’s Game and Fish Department sued the federal Fish and Wildlife Service last year and obtained an injunction banning any wolf releases in the state. The Service and conservation organizations have appealed the injunction.
“The survival of Mexican gray wolves is already on the precipice because of longtime federal deference to state agencies that cynically advance the livestock industry’s anti-wolf agenda,” said the Center’s Robinson. “I’m afraid that passage of this bill would set the Southwest’s struggling wolves irreversibly on a one-way trail to extinction.”
The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.2 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.
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Save the Endangered Species Act

Show Your Support for the Endangered Species Act


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Republican lawmakers have had their sights set on the Endangered Species Act for years, and now see an opportunity with the Trump administration to reduce much of the law’s influence.

They’ve long claimed it is a hindrance to economic development, including mining and logging. The proposed reforms would place a cap on how many species could be protected, put limits on lawsuits used to maintain protections, and allow states to have a greater leverage on the process.

This landmark 1973 law has protected thousands of species over the decades and is essential to fighting back against mass extinctions caused by climate change and environmental degradation.

Changes to the Endangered Species Act could potentially cause the removal of vulnerable species from the list to pave the way for development in their habitats. It could make it more difficult to add species experiencing habitat loss due to climate change.

Take action now to stand in opposition to the gutting of the Endangered Species Act!

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In the News: Female Wolf Travels Hundreds of Miles to Northern Arizona

Associated Press: Wildlife officials have confirmed the first gray wolf in northern Arizona in more than 70 years.


“We’ll let this wolf be a wolf where it’s at, and if it decides it’s going to move back north, it can do that. Or if somebody joins her, then that’s nature taking its course.”
– Jeff Humphrey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife spokesman
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — A female gray wolf from the Northern Rockies traveled hundreds of miles into northern Arizona, marking the species’ first appearance in the region in more than 70 years and the farthest journey south, wildlife officials confirmed Friday.
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If you want your grandchildren to hear the howl of the wolf….

The Proposed to Change Mexican Wolf Management Policies Doom Wolves

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MexicanWolfBrianGratwicke_smSpeak out against draft plan to allow more killing of critically endangered wolves! Deadline Sept. 23

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has released a draft proposal to change the rules governing the Mexican wolf reintroduction.

The draft proposal, if implemented, will seriously jeopardize the continued existence of critically endangered Mexican gray wolves, who currently number less than 90 in the wild. The proposal ignores the best available science and recommendations by top wolf scientists.

  • USFWS proposes to allow more Mexican wolves to be shot, trapped, and permanently removed from the wild.
  • The proposal continues to designate the wild population of lobos as “non-essential,” failing to give them additional protections necessary to their survival.
  • And, while it does expand the area wolves can roam, it restricts them to parts of New Mexico and Arizona below I-40, even though leading wolf scientists say that populations of Mexican wolves north of I-40 are essential to the lobo’s recovery.

The only completely good thing it does is to finally allow new wolves from the captive breeding population to be released into a larger area, a change desperately needed for genetic rescue of the wild population.

USFWS has released this draft proposal with a draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for public comment.

Here are some of the ways you can help:
Submit comments on the draft proposal by 9/23/14. An individual, personalized comment submission that includes these specific talking points will have the most weight. If you’re short on time, you can just copy and paste these directly into the comment form.

1. I support expanding the area in which direct releases of Mexican wolves can occur, the one critical change included in the proposed rule.

  • This change has been recommended by experts for over 10 years and needs to be implemented immediately. Currently, new releases are hindered because they can only happen in part of Arizona.

2. The USFWS should eliminate boundaries to the wolves’ movement. The draft proposed rule prevents wolves returning to northern New Mexico and southern Colorado or to the Grand Canyon region, including northern Arizona and southern Utah. (See Map)

  • Preventing movement into northern New Mexico and southern Colorado and the Grand Canyon region, including northern Arizona and southern Utah, contradicts the best available science, which confirms that those areas are essential for Mexican wolf recovery.
  • Additional populations of Mexican wolves are necessary to their recovery and genetic health, as is the ability for wolves to move between populations.
  • Not allowing wolves outside of the Mexican Wolf Experimental Population Area will result in more captures that can result in death or trauma to the wolves. We can’t afford to lose rare Mexican wolves just because they crossed an arbitrary, scientifically unsupported boundary. There should be no restrictions on the movements of Mexican wolves.

3. The USFWS should designate Mexican gray wolves as essential.

  • The current labeling all of the wild wolves as “nonessential” ignores science and the reality of 15 years of experience with reintroducing wolves.
  • The USFWS claims that even if all of the 83 wolves in the wild are wiped out this is not “likely to appreciably reduce the likelihood” of recovery of Mexican wolves in the wild is unsupported by science or common sense.
  • The 83 wolves in the wild have up to four generations of experience in establishing packs and raising pups and are over 22% of all of the Mexican wolves in the world.
  • After multiple generations of captive breeding with few releases, scientists warn that there may be serious genetic problems making captive wolves less able to thrive in the wild.
  • The fourth generation wild lobos are not expendable and are essential to recovering this unique subspecies of wolf.

4. The USFWS needs to quit stalling and complete a comprehensive recovery plan.

  • USFWS admits that their present, typewritten, 1982 recovery plan is not scientifically sound and does not meet current legal requirements – yet in its proposed rule USFWS continues to ignore the best available science and the recommendations of its own science recovery planning subgroup.
  • Current proposals should contain no provisions that would preclude future recovery options.

5. The proposed expanded provisions for “take” (killing, trapping, and removals) of these critically endangered wolves are unacceptable and will not contribute to the wolves’ recovery.

  • Science-based program reviews have shown, and the USFWS has acknowledged, that the killing and permanent removal of wolves by agency managers to resolve “conflicts” has been a major cause of failing to meet the reintroduction objective.
  • The proposed rule changes offer additional excuses for removing wolves. USFWS needs to tighten restrictions for “take” of Mexican wolves, not loosen them.

Submit your comments electronically here:!documentDetail;D=FWS-R2-ES-2013-0056-6056

Or by U.S. mail or hand delivery to:
Public Comments
Processing, Attn: FWS–R2–ES–2013–
0056; Division of Policy and Directives
Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service Headquarters, MS: BPHC, 5275
Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041–3803.

You can also sign a comment petition here.

Ask your elected officials to weigh in for Mexican wolf recovery. The message to protect wolves will be best received when delivered respectfully and with a focus on evidence and science.

Contact information can be found by entering your address here:

Ask everyone you know to act for Mexican wolves before it’s too late.

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We are going all out to ensure that thousands of comments are submitted calling on USFWS to enact only the changes that will promote lobo recovery. This involves numerous expenses, including costs of paid advertising, printed materials, hearing transportation, lodging and refreshments, and supplies. Any amount you can donate will help.

To make a donation, go here.

USFWS’s decision on the proposed rule can help Mexican wolves finally thrive or can push them closer to extinction.

Please act today.

Thank you for giving these special wolves a voice in their future.

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Earth Justice:  We are going to court for wolves
A Brush with Extintion

Only an estimated 83 wild Mexican gray wolves remain in the United States, yet the Fish and Wildlife Service refuses to develop a legally sound, scientifically based recovery plan to protect them.

We’re waging an emergency battle in court to save these endangered wolves. Will you help us win this and other legal battles?

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Thirty-eight years after receiving protection under the Endangered Species Act, the Mexican gray wolf remains the most endangered mammal in North America and the most endangered subspecies of gray wolf in the world.

Following the Mexican gray wolf listing as an endangered species in 1976, the United States and Mexico collaborated to capture all lobos remaining in the wild. This extreme measure prevented the lobos’ extinction. Five wild Mexican wolves (four males and one pregnant female) were captured alive in Mexico from 1977 to 1980 and used to start a captive breeding program. The captive population is managed for maximum genetic integrity by experts with the Mexican Wolf Species Survival Plan.

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July 28, 2014 Our Wolves at Risk

The White Mountain Conservation League encourages all to speak out for wolves.  This is a critical moment for them.

From Defenders of Wildlife

Doomed to a slow extinction if the U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s proposal is finalized, there’s a lot at stake for Mexican gray wolves.

Their last hope is for you, and people just like you, to stand between them and changes that could drive them toward extinction.

Please, RSVP to attend a public hearing before it’s too late for these amazing creatures.

Thank you and I hope to see you there!

Over the course of two days, Mexican gray wolves will have their fate decided.

On August 11th and 13th, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will hold two crucial public hearings to determine the future of Mexican gray wolves in the Southwest.

 Monday, August 11th, 2014
2:00pm – 4:00pm – Informational session
6:00pm – 9:00pm – Public Hearing
Hon-Dah Conference Center
777 Highway 260
Pinetop, AZ 85935

There are fewer than 90 wild Mexican gray wolves in the entire world. Now, FWS is proposing to change the way the wolves are managed – changes that will determine whether the wolves recover and thrive, or die out and disappear.

These wolves are doomed to a slow extinction if this proposal is finalized. Their last hope is for you, and people just like you, to stand between them and changes that could drive them toward extinction.

Once you RSVP, look for another email from us about what to expect at a hearing, and talking points to use if you choose to testify. Remember, if you don’t wish to speak, you are helping the wolves just by showing up!

Together, we can make a difference and save these wild wolves.


Eva Sargent
Southwest Program Director
Defenders of Wildlife

P.S. Before the Pinetop Hearing, join us for the nearby Big Lake Howliday Campout, the weekend of August 8-11 – learn more about Mexican gray wolves, attend workshops on how to track wildlife with tracking experts, hike with us on the Paseo del Lobo trail and attend evening talks by wolf conservationists and biologists! Sign up for this free weekend of fun and learning!

Doomed to a slow extinction if the U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s proposal is finalized, there’s a lot at stake for Mexican gray wolves.

Their last hope is for you, and people just like you, to stand between them and changes that could drive them toward extinction.

Please, RSVP to Defenders of Wildlife to attend a public hearing before it’s too late for these amazing creatures.

Thank you and I hope to see you there!


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Save our Forests from ORVS

Don’t Let Off-Road
Vehicles Run Amok in Our Forests

The halls of Congress may be quiet but our public lands won’t be if a motorized mayhem bill gets traction.

H.R. 4272, the Forest Access in Rural Communities Act, would open the floodgates to uncontrolled motorized uses of national forests. This bill ties the Forest Service’s hands—prohibiting the agency from common-sense management of motorized vehicles and reverses 9 years of public participation.

Tell Chairman Calvert to stop motorized anarchy from returning to our national forests.

In 2005, after identifying unmanaged motorized recreation as one of the top threats to national forest lands, the Bush Administration began to rein in off-road vehicle abuse. Nine years later, and after extensive public involvement, nearly 90% of our national forests have completed management plans—outlining where motorized vehicles can and can’t go.

But Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR) is doing the work of a vocal minority (just 1.4% of forest visitors refer to off-road vehicle use as their primary activity) and introduced H.R. 4272 which would undo all that work by putting an outright ban on the plans or enforcing the rules.

Take action and sign our letter to the Chairman of the Appropriations Committee asking him to stop legislation that would throw over 9 years of planning into the trash bin.

Walden’s bill would allow counties to veto any national forest management decision related to roads or off-road vehicles. This underhanded attempt to put federal land management into the hands of local politicians would set a new precedent. No road signs will be installed, no maps showing the public where roads and trails are located will be printed, and roads that are polluting drinking water and harming fish will be not be repaired.

Essentially, this bill would reverse all progress towards a manageable and sustainable motorized road and trail system on national forests.

Public lands are ravaged enough by extreme off-road vehicle use. Help us and the Forest Service curtail motorized mayhem and ensure public land management stays public.

For the Wild,

Sarah Peters
Wild Places Program Attorney
WildEarth Guardians

ORVsMayhemWildEarthGuardingOver 50 million acres of public lands are currently protected from destructive cross country motorized use and 50,000 miles of routes/roads are closed because of Forest Service travel plans.impactORVWildEarthGuardians
Don’t let Motorized Mayhem Return to National Forests
Poorly located motorized routes cause severe impacts on the environment.This action closes July 25 so please speak out today.TakkActionWildEarthGuardiansSee the letter (pdf) signed by over 60 groups opposing this bill.

Read more about Guardians work on travel management.


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Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act

Hike Escudilla Wilderness Act

When: Friday, July 11, 9:30 to 2:00
Where:  Escudilla Trailhead
Pre-registeration Required:  Limited to 22 people
To register contact Stephanie Rainey,

Conservation Education specialist for the Alpine Ranger District


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Register for Wildlife Tracking Workshop

Introduction to Wildlife Tracking
We share our hiking trails with a lot of different wildlife that leave behind signs of their passing journeys.IMG_0044CaldwellReducedSize Is that a bobcat track or a coyote track? Are you following mountain lion tracks or was someone hiking with their family dog?


Indoor session: Saturday evening, June 21, 2014

  • 4 pm arrival/set-up;
  • 5pm Happy Hour;
  • 6pm Dinner;
  • 7pm Talk Tracking hike:

Sunday morning, June 22, 2014

  • 8 am breakfast;
  • 9 am– 1 pm hike/lunch

Nutrioso, Arizona at Billie Hughes and Russ Winn’s home.
Directions to follow.

Camp-out space is available at Billie and Russ’s.

To RSVP/Questions: Contact Janice Przybyl:, 575.322.2065 & Billie Hughes:,928.339.4684

You will learn basic wildlife tracking skills, including:

  • How and where to look for tracksTrack300px
  • What clues in a track help you identify species
  • How to recognize the difference between canine and feline tracks
  • An introduction on how to properly photograph wildlife tracks
  • Natural history elements of each species so you can gain an appreciation of how wildlife move and live on the landscape.

Track identification cards focused on southwest critters will be available for purchase ($5 a set) as well as tracking rulers specifically designed for photo-documentation ($5).
Please bring:
~ A chair to sit on during morning presentation
~ A notebook and pencil/pen
~ A digital camera (if you have, not mandatory)
~ Your normal hiking gear including water and snacks
~ Be prepared for any type of weather
~ Overnight camping gear
~ Food and beverages for yourself for at least 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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Fire on the Mountain

Last June, 19 firefighters lost their lives trying to control a blaze near Yarnell, Arizona—the highest death toll for firefighters battling a wildfire in this country since 1933. What went wrong? Is it time to reconsider our approach to fighting fire?

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