Date(s) - Wednesday August 13, 2014
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Informational session with US Fish and Wildlife Service that precedes the Public Hearing scheduled from 6-9.
There are less than 90 Mexican gray wolves in the wilds of New Mexico and Arizona, making it one of the Most Endangered animals on the Planet. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is proposing to make changes to the Mexican wolf recovery program that will send lobos on a slow trip to Extinction. FWS has scheduled two public hearings to hear what people think. One in Arizona and one right here in Truth or Consequences.
Wildlife Biologists say that at least two additional populations of Mexican wolves are necessary for their recovery. The proposed changes effectively prevent wolves from doing this. The changes would not allow lobos to travel north of I-40, thereby preventing them from occupying some of the best available habitat, including the Grand Canyon region, northern New Mexico and southern Colorado.
Wolves are considered a “keystone” species, whose removal affects an Entire Ecosystem and each trophic level, from plants to herbivores to other carnivores. Predators and predation play a dynamic and essential role in maintaining the health of ecosystems. Wolves account for a small number of livestock losses, approx .1%. Because ranchers depend on livestock for their livelihoods, efforts are being made to work with them and implement effective deterrents to reduce conflict with wolves.
This will be one of the last chances to speak for Mexican wolves. It’s up to you to ensure this native to the Southwest is recovered and future generations are able to appreciate these beautiful animals. Tell the USFWS to restart the recovery planning process by developing an updated, scientifically-based recovery plan, as required by the Endangered Species Act.