Mexican Wolf Recovery Plan Revision Completed

Photo Courtesy of the Mexican Wolf Interagency Field Team (FWS.gov)

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has completed a revision to the Mexican Wolf Recovery Plan. The goal of the plan is to provide guidance to recover the subspecies and remove it from the federal list of endangered and threatened wildlife and turn its management over to the appropriate states and tribes after delisting.

The original Mexican Wolf Recovery Plan, published in 1982, focused on reintroduction and recovery efforts to halt the extinction of the Mexican wolf. Since 1998, the Service has been reestablishing a wild population of Mexican wolves in Arizona and New Mexico that numbered at least 113 in 2016. Mexico began releasing Mexican wolves in 2011 and now has a wild population of about 31.

At the time of recovery, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service expects Mexican wolf populations to be stable or increasing in abundance.

In the United States, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will implement the recovery strategy for the Mexican wolf south of I-40 in Arizona and New Mexico, in the area designated as the Mexican Wolf Experimental Population Area. In Mexico, federal agencies are focusing on Mexican wolf recovery efforts in the Sierra Madre Occidental in Sonora, Durango, and Chihuahua.

In April 2016, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service signed a Settlement Agreement with the State of Arizona and the radical Defenders of Wildlife and other organizations to complete a final revised Mexican wolf recovery plan by the end of November 2017.

To review the revised recovery plan and more information on the Mexican Wolf Reintroduction Program, visit http://www.fws.gov/southwest/es/mexicanwolf/ or www.azgfd.gov/wolf

8 Comments on "Mexican Wolf Recovery Plan Revision Completed"

  1. The Oracle of Tucson | November 30, 2017 at 12:57 am | Reply

    The reintroduction of wolves has far less to do with wolves and more to do with hurting cattle ranching on public lands.
    Only a complete and utter moron would stifle the production of a national food industry by inserting an Apex preditor into the equation under the guise of biodiversity.
    I have never supported this move and question the sanity of anyone who does.
    Only if and when wolf populations exceed expectations and people are harmed will we realize what a tragic mistake this was, thankfully we’ll be able to waste even more tax dollars to fix this mess.
    It’s truly amazing that those that are the most supportive of the wolf recovery program don’t live in the wolf habitat area, while the concerns of those who do live in the habitat areas were totally ignored.

    The Oracle

    • Cheryl Kindschy | November 30, 2017 at 9:58 am | Reply

      To Oracle

      Looks like you are the MORON from the 1800s..

    • Cheryl Kindschy | November 30, 2017 at 9:59 am | Reply

      To Oracle

      Looks like you are the MORON

      • The Oracle of Tucson | November 30, 2017 at 2:24 pm | Reply

        Thank you Cheryl for your less then memorable comments backed by libard irrelevance based soley on your emotional instability compounded with the absence of facts, you obviously have a wonderful command with words, I truly look forward to your next syllable with great anticipation.

        The Oracle

  2. Elliot, Tucson | November 30, 2017 at 9:57 am | Reply

    The leftinistas have hated cattle since Al Gore was a child sensation. Too bad both haven’t faded away.

  3. this picture is right from the album – “How will the wolf survive” Los Lobo’s – Great music set on this album. Some Tucson Rock’n Roll

  4. The dogmatic mantra that recovery would “require” 3 populations of 250 wolves was based on theoretical ideals, outdated model inputs, and less-relevant data from different wolf populations. Likewise, the notion that areas outside historical range are “needed” to recover the Mexican wolf has never been peer-reviewed and is based on a flawed 13-year-old habitat analysis. The northern boundary used in the current plan revision is not defined by politics; rather it is supported by ecological information assembled by University of Arizona, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Mexican scientists using the latest geospatial data and analytical tools. Curiously, those with little to no experience in Mexican wolf habitat in Mexico are uninhibited in their opinions that recovery is somehow impossible in what was 90% of their historical range. Promoting a US-only plan is indefensible when the latest analysis estimates 25,000 square miles of high-quality wolf habitat in Mexico.

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