Thursday, October 28, 2010

Another Mexican wolf found dead- WTF?

We're deeply saddened to hear about the loss of yet another dead Mexican gray wolf in New Mexico.
TUCSON, AZ (KOLD) - Another Mexican Gray wolf has been found dead along the Arizona-New Mexico border.

This latest death is a female found earlier this month in Sierra County, New Mexico.

She had been traveling with a male and he hasn't been located.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife says there's no reason yet to think anything has also happened to the male because he has a radio collar that puts off a mortality signal and they haven't received any.

The body of the female has been taken to a lab to figure out what killed her.
Those radio collars are a death sentence for any wolves and their mates who have to wear them. The yahoos clearly have the frequencies, as they have been taking out collared wolves at a steady pace in 2010.

Between the US Fish and Wildlife Service's reluctance to upset the Arizona Game and Fish Department (read: "Arizona Cattlegrowers Henchmen") by releasing captive wolves, and the attrition rate of wolves by poachers, we are looking at the end of Mexican wolves in the wild.

It's a damn shame.

See Howling for Justice for a more impassioned plea. We just don't have it in us today. Today, we're mourning the dying green fires, the fearless elk and deer. We're thinking like a mountain, and the mountain is full of regret for the actions of man.


Anonymous said...

Let's see. Give wolf haters telemetry receivers, so they can zero in on the pack leaders. Don't do any initial releases of wolves for two years.

Don't release the Environmental Assessment on direct releases into New Mexico for public comment, thus empowering Arizona to hold new releases hostage forever.

Don't convene a new recovery team to write a plan based on current science to replace the one completed in---ya ready for this? 1982! Don't get to work on a new EIS.

Just issue pious press releases. THIS is Regional Director Tuggle's recipe for Mexican gray wolf recovery? Give us a break, Ben! We may not all have PhD's, but we weren't born yesterday.

Demarcated Landscapes said...

Indeed, Anon, indeed.

Let's open this comment thread and see if there are any other options at Dr. Tuggle's disposal to extinct the MGW under the guise of the recovery program.

We can't think of any. He seems to be doing all he can already.

Huh. *Headscratch* You don't think he's trying to tank this species, do you?

Anonymous said...

A new and safer recovery area is needed in addition to the Blue Range/Gila. The best place would be the North Rim of the Gand Canyon (Kaibab N.F.). Virtually no resident population, the grzing rights are owned by the Grand Canyon Trust, exclusively "protected" land and plenty of game.

We can't keep releasing genetically valuable wolves into that sink.

Anonymous said...

Sorry about those spelling errors!
It should read Grand Canyon not Gand Canyon and grazing not grzing

Anonymous said...

Just a couple of comments on the posts by Anonymous #2:

First, I completely agree that wolves belong in the Grand Canyon ecoregion, and the sooner, the better. However, I don't see that as a viable solution to the current stagnation and decline of the population. Getting a new recovery plan and EIS will be necessary for any reintroduction to the Grand Canyon. Yet RD Tuggle is still dragging his feet on convening a new recovery team and beginning progress on both a recovery plan and a new EIS. Even when a team begins working, the entire process will take several years to complete.

If we wait until those processes are complete before releasing any more wolves, and if illegal killing continues at its current rate, the population will likely continue to decline and lose genetic diversity. Eventually, it will decline to zero.

USFWS officials will shed a few crocodile tears, declare the Mexican wolf reintroduction to have been a noble experiment that failed, and move on to their next project. Wolf reintroduction opponents will have succeeded.

The last few Mexican wolves will live out their lives in zoos, eventually to be found only in the form of mounted specimens in museums.

Anonymous said...

I agree that the North Kaibab is not THE solution, and that the whole project needs to be rebuilt. Mexican Wolves should remain and hopefully prosper in the Blue Range.
I just think it would be good to have a wolf population that would be relatively safe and stable. In this matter,wildwolves could then be transplanted from the Kaibab to the Apache or maybe even the Mexican recovery area south of the border.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps the wolves would do better in actual wilderness rather than on ranch land. Just a thought.

Anonymous said...

The mexican wolf recovery program is down but not out. We cannot let these Fish and game depts or the idiots in catron county to win this fight. The people in NM and AZ want wolves, just because a bunch of hillbillies can't live with 100 wolves in 5 million acres they will have to get use to wolves

Anonymous said...

In response to the comment above that says, "Perhaps the wolves would do better in actual wilderness than on ranch land," let us just say, perhaps the ranches would be better off on private land than sucking on the public land teat. Not enough room in Catron County to run cows on lands off the Forest, you say? Well, this is the world's smallest violin....

The BRWRA is actual Wilderness. The intrusion by private livestock operations has been endured long enough.

Anonymous said...

So now we hear that Mexican wolf recovery coordinator Bud Fazio has stepped down. What's with that?