PLEASE COMMENT ON THE MEXICAN GRAY WOLF DRAFT RECOVERY PLAN TODAY
COMMENT DUE BY MON. 8-29th at 11:59 pm EST
There are only about 110 left in the wild!!! They are critically endangered. Still threatened by both illegal and legal killings. Their numbers have grown slowly, and they remain the most endangered subspecies of wolf in the world! The population’s poor genetic diversity may be the biggest threat facing the wolves. To remedy this, the service must release more wolves into the wild. However, the most recent Draft Recovery Plan issued on June 29, 2017, would release too few wolves and fails to account for the genetic degradation of captive and wild populations that has already occurred. ~A
This flawed plan will set the parameters for Mexican wolf recovery for the next several decades. This is our last chance to offer input on the plan before it is finalized.
Here are the major problems that we have found with the Draft Plan:
* The cap on U.S. Mexican wolf population at 320 wolves is way too low. Previous Recovery Planning Teams (https://goo.gl/MnKZNz) recommended a minimum of 3 core populations of at least 200-250 wolves each, totaling at least 750 wolves, including populations north of I-40.
* This recovery plan gives states too much control, especially as both the Arizona and New Mexico game agencies are known to be hostile to wolf recovery.
* The plan does not provide for compensatory releases when wolves are killed. It should.
* The plan fails to consider the border wall and its impact on connectivity and recovery. In fact, the plan does not consider connectivity and instead will manage the two populations as separate and individual.
* The plan relies heavily on Mexico for recovery, where there are many questions about funding, protections, and limited public lands.
* The plan does not address what measures will be taken if targets in the plan aren’t met.
You can read the Draft Recovery Plan and “supporting” documents here with talking points and contact information to submit your comments. Provided by mexicangraywolves.org .. https://goo.gl/BaXyBX
Please write in your own words
Let’s save our Mexican Gray Wolves!
Go to www.regulations.gov and enter FWS–R2–ES–2017–0036