BTW, the decline in Mexican wolves in Arizona and New Mexico is really much worse than the stories last week (including this blog's) suggest. At the start of 2009, there were 52 wolves. 31 pups were born during the year, bringing the total to 83. At the end of the year, there were only 42. Not all pups make it, even in good years. But this was a very bad year for wolves.
And now for some more good: The Arizona Republic said Ya Basta to the ranchers today:
Wolves are on public land. Those privileged to hold grazing leases have a duty to accommodate other public uses of the land.Those rugged individualists sure are the whiney type. We join the AZ Republic in hoping the agency plugs its ears.
Benjamin Tuggle, Southwest director for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, says he's "determined" to "see more Mexican wolves in the wild."
He had better make that clear to the ranchers.