Sunday, February 08, 2009

Four dozen and change

The numbers for the Mexican gray wolf population of 2008 are out, and they are bleak. Looks like there are only 52 wolves left in the wilds of Arizona and New Mexico, and- get this- only two breeding pairs. It's the same total as last year, meaning at least it hasn't dropped.

The US Fish and Wildlife would really like for the public to believe that all the poachers are responsible for this failure of this program. And, truly, those poachers are assholes who have done some serious harm.
“Except for the illegal shooting or suspicious demise of seven wolves, 2008 would have seen Mexican wolf populations on the upswing again. These mortalities are an intolerable impediment to wolf recovery. We will continue to aggressively investigate each illegal wolf killing to help ensure that anyone responsible is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Benjamin N. Tuggle, regional director for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Southwest Region, said today in a release.

Since 1998, 30 wild wolves have been illegally shot.
Yeah, but Tuggle, how many wolves have you guys messed with?
The U.S. government has shot 11 wolves since reintroduction began, killed 18 inadvertently as a result of capture, and in addition has trapped and not released 34 others – for a total of 63 removed wolves.(CBD)
And why does the USFWS remove wolves? To placate the livestock industry, mostly. Mr. Salazar and his new USFWS director are going to need to act fast to put endangered species recovery back on track for this critically low population. WE WANT WOLVES!

1 comment:

begreen said...

"And why does the USFWS remove wolves?"