Arizona Game and Fish expand Mexican wolf territory

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission voted unanimously to allow up to triple the target number of Mexican wolves in the Southwest from the 1982 recovery plan’s goal of not less than 100 wolves to achieve a self-sustaining population. There will be a major expansion of the area where wolves can be released to include the Secondary Recovery Zone.

The area where Mexican wolves can disperse and establish territories will be expanded and a connectivity corridor for wolves to disperse to the species’ core historical range in Mexico will be established.

The plan devised will recognized “the importance of Mexico as a primary element to successful Mexican wolf recovery.”

Residents in rural Arizona have not been very concerned for the welfare of their livestock and small children due to reports of wolf attacks in other parts of the country.

Officials with Game and Fish recognize that. J.W. Harris, chairman of the Arizona Game and Fish Commission said “The biggest impediment to the Mexican wolf reintroduction effort in the Southwest isn’t biologically-based. It’s social tolerance for an apex predator on today’s modern landscape that must support such a wide variety of conservation, recreation and economic uses.” Harris claimed that a “broad-based group has come together” for Mexican wolf conservation, and the alternative “goes a long ways to enhancing social tolerance and, in turn, successful conservation of the species.”

The Commission claims that the “alternative provides concepts that stakeholders want the Service to evaluate as it prepares the draft EIS that will eventually be opened to broad public review and comment.”

In December 2013, hundreds of Arizonans including ranchers, environmentalists, local citizens and local government organizations attended the Pinetop, Arizona meeting in opposition to the expansion.

In Arizona, the wolf’s primary recovery zone is in northern Arizona’s Apache Sitgreaves National Forest.

Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva has fought for expansion of territory. He has argued that the federal government will need “new areas and wide dispersal over time in order to recover.”

In his article entitled, Release of “Mexican Grey Wolf” example of US Govt forest, game mismanagement, Mark Finchem notes that “organizations like the Defenders of Wildlife, Wild Earth Guardians and other pro-wolf activists have organized and boast that they will essentially make the wild lands of the United States off limits to the very people who live, play and work on them. This is a radical and deadly movement supported for the most part by city dwellers who know nothing of the violent and vicious manner in which wolves take down their prey.”

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Release of “Mexican Grey Wolf” example of U S Govt forest, game mismanagement

8 Comments on "Arizona Game and Fish expand Mexican wolf territory"

  1. The environmentalist minority will win the wolf battle (in their own mind) as is now the status quo in our country. However, they will be confused as to where the farmers and ranchers are getting all their nice fur hats..

  2. LEO IN TSN | April 25, 2014 at 7:12 am |

    Hmmmmm, let’s see now – unelected bureaucrats bypassing the legislature to take liberties away from American citizens. That seems to have a modern familiar ring to it.

    Unelected bureaucrats telling American citizens where they can be, when they can be, what they can be, what they can do when allowed, and how they can do it if allowed. Unelected bureaucrats prepared to swoop in and harass and persecute American citizens for enjoying their freedoms, their own American lands, and their rights to live and work where and as they want to and have been doing for generations. Are we really just an “impediment” to Marxist progress?? Hmmmmmmm

    Is something wrong with this picture, or am I just missing something? AZ G&F must be inspired by all of the federal muscle-flexing and SWAT team raids. How much barbed wire have they been amassing? Is there a G&F schedule for when AZ citizens will be allowed to come out of our homes?

    Shouldn’t we be taking back some of our AZ lands, like those seized by the conquering federal gov’t, instead of surrendering and giving up more land? I’m just having a hard time believing that small leftist special interest groups and self-righteous bureaucrats know what is best for US. I’m just having a hard time getting used to seeing white flags everywhere.

    God bless America.

  3. I wonder who the “stakeholders” are. I contacted several southern Arizona ranchers and none support this move nor do they know any ranchers that do.

  4. “They came for my neighbors land, and I said nothing”………..”and then when they came for my land”……..

  5. Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva has fought for expansion of territory. He has argued that the federal government will need “new areas and wide dispersal over time in order to recover.”

    Will WE ever recover from Raul Grijalva?

  6. Here is an interesting op-ed that is right on target. I urge all to follow the link in this piece to the news article in the Salt Lake City newspaper.
    http://www.conservativeactionalerts.com/2014/04/time-for-western-states-to-evict-feds/

    AZ G&F seems to be forming an unholy alliance with the Feds (EPA, NWS, BLM and etc.). Let’s keep AZ free.

    God bless America.

    • Thanks for this article. Regarding AZ G&F, could it be that they receive federal funds? Why else would they throw Arizona’s sportsmen to the wolves? Something smells fishy.

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    Be careful for whom you vote in the primaries. We have a choice. Get educated and
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