Submit Comments - Mexican Gray Wolves
The comment period for this proposal is now closed. It will be some time before the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issues their decision. In the meantime, we continue to work across the country to protect wolves, and to increase tolerance for this majestic predator.
Mexican gray wolves are the most endangered wolves in the world – and new changes to the rules that manage them could spell disaster for these rare animals.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is required to accept public comments before they can make their final decision on these proposed changes.
Submit your comment today and tell the FWS that the proposed changes, while doing some good for the current population, ignore the best science and will make it almost impossible for the Mexican gray wolf to recover.
Here are some important points you could include in your comments:
- Allowing direct releases of Mexican wolves throughout the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area is a good change, and along with letting the wolves roam into a larger area, should help the current population
- The proposed rule effectively prevents wolves returning to the Grand Canyon region, including northern Arizona and southern Utah, or to northern New Mexico and southern Colorado, even though FWS’ own recovery team says that these areas are crucial to Mexican gray wolf recovery. FWS must let the wolves disperse north of Interstate 40.
- The current labeling of all the wild wolves as “nonessential” ignores science, policy, and the reality that without the current population, Mexican gray wolves would be extinct in the wild. FWS should designate Mexican gray wolves as experimental, essential.
- FWS needs to quit stalling and complete a comprehensive recovery plan and make sure that any rule changes are compatible with recovery. Instead of following the best available science on recovery, the proposed rule changes are chasing after the inadequate goal of 100 wolves, which a 31-year-old, incomplete plan suggested as a good first step.
This comment period is a chance for you to make your voice heard!
Submit your comments and encourage all those you know to do the same.
If you prefer to submit your comments in hardcopy, send them 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
4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS 2042-PDM
Arlington, VA 22203