How low will they go?
There’s yet another congressional attack underway, this time to derail any meaningful recovery efforts for the critically endangered Mexican gray wolf, or lobo.
Senators Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and John McCain (R-AZ) have introduced a bill that could lead to the extinction of the lobo – the world’s most endangered gray wolf.
The deceptively named “Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Plan Act” undermines lobo recovery through a “hijack and destroy” strategy. This bill would give unchecked power in Mexican gray wolf recovery planning to special interests and the states of Arizona and New Mexico – and these states are relentless in their efforts to prevent wolf recovery.
Allowing Arizona and New Mexico to hijack recovery planning could spell doom for the 97 Mexican gray wolves clinging to survival in the American Southwest.
Last month marked the 40th anniversary of the Mexican gray wolf’s listing under the Endangered Species Act. But wolf recovery efforts have been hindered from the start, with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under constant political pressure from the states, the livestock industry and anti-government ideologues to keep numbers low in the wild.
Now, some senators want to let these same anti-wolf special interests write a recovery plan that will make sure the Mexican gray wolves never have a chance to thrive – help us ensure that this does not happen!
Thank you for your help and your commitment!
Senior Southwest Representative
Defenders of Wildlife
As a Defender of Wildlife, a constituent and a concerned conservationist, I ask you to oppose S. 2876. The so-called “Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Plan Act” of 2016 will in no way further the recovery of the Mexican gray wolf, an iconic American animal.
The bill is a direct attack on recovery efforts and enacts a “hostile takeover” of Mexican gray wolf recovery planning efforts. It gives anti-wolf special interests and the states, who have proven time and again that they are not committed to the recovery of the Mexican gray wolf, unchecked power to direct the recovery planning of the Mexican gray wolf.
The bill would keep wolves south of Interstate 40 and out of the habitats they need to recover. It would put a cap, decided by the states and other special interests, on the population. Any number of wolves above this cap could be removed. This is a recipe for extinction – not recovery.
The bill also undermines the Endangered Species Act, which requires the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to follow the best available science, not politics, in recovery planning and implementation.
We need more wolves and less politics. This sort of special-interest meddling has no place in the recovery of endangered wildlife. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the appropriate steward of endangered species recovery and management, specifically to ensure that the best available science drives recovery of our nation’s most endangered animals. And the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is committed to completing a recovery plan by November 2017.
A fair, science-driven process must involve all stakeholders, not just those listed in S. 2876.
I hope that you will oppose this attack on Mexican gray wolves.
PETITION LINK: http://action.defenders.org/site/R?i=cDCLYf0gRxGEwe2iW8Kvww