Thursday, February 11, 2010

Mexican wolves: The good, the bad, and the ugly

First, the good: √Āndale pues! The Mexican Mexican wolf program looks to be getting off the ground. (Despite the ugly ambitions of Arizona Game and Fish Department, we hasten to add.)

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.

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.
Those rugged individualists sure are the whiney type. We join the AZ Republic in hoping the agency plugs its ears.


Eric said...

I saw a bumper sticker on a pickup the other day that read "Mexican Wolves: Government Sponsored Terrorism." Could you pack more stupid rhetoric onto one sticker?

Anyways, three cheers for los lobos and keep the good posts coming.

Demarcated Landscapes said...

Maybe not into one sticker, but we saw a blog post (and we refuse to link to it) that discussed the Mexican wolves as part of the imaginary reconquista movement. It said that the wolves were just more "mexicanization" of the southwest, another invasion to be afraid of.

We nearly wet ourselves laughing at the paranoid old coot who is so xenophobic and ridiculous to write this kind of crap.


Anonymous said...

That "terrorist" bumpersticker was posted behind the cash register at the gas station right at the crossroads in Datil, NM, last time I went in there. I tank up elsewhere now.

Just a little note to weary travelers....