Friday, October 21, 2011

¡Viva Mexico! ¡Que vivan los lobos!

¡Muy bien, Mexico, y felicidades!

A consortium of Mexican conservation groups released Mexican wolves into the wilds of Sonoran last week. This was one of the primary goals of Mexico's President during his tenure. Mission accomplished! Hurray!
Mexican authorities released five Mexican wolves in the San Luis Mountains in Sonora, Mexico, on Oct. 12, 2011, approximately 80 miles south of Douglas, Ariz.

Mexico’s desire to release wolves in Sonora as part of its recovery effort has been known for the past two years, although the exact timetable for release was unknown. (Via)
This really is awesome news, especially with such mixed success in the U.S. recovery effort.

So, Suck it, Arizona Game and Fish Department. Try as you might, MEXICO IS A SOVEREIGN NATION! Ha! We're really glad that acts of intentional sabotage from a certain retiring Anti- Environmental Species Conspirator didn't stop this conservation success.

(More inspiring photos of the release can be found here.)

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Acting to Endanger Species

Remember this "groundbreaking" settlement deal that Center for Biological Diversity and WildEarth Guardians cut with the feds last summer? The one in which the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agreed to provide timely and/or date certain listing decisions?

Question: How's that working out?

Answer: The agency has been issuing a slew of findings, right on time. However, so far, the decisions are mostly to deny species' protection under the ESA. Including the cactus ferruginous pygmy owl, the Mohave ground squirrel, the Northern leopard frog-- all clear cases of species tanking in the US due to loss of habitat-- and yet, USFWS inexplicably finds ways to keep them off the list.

So, MORE QUESTIONS: can these determinations be litigated as Section 4 merits challenges? Can other organizations bring litigation to challenge these determinations? Is there anything in the agreements precluding litigation by CBD or WEG about the determinations for any time frame?