The deadline for public comments is September 23. Please click HERE to comment on the federal government’s website relating to what the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) calls "Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants: Revision to the Nonessential Experimental Population of the Mexican Wolf."
Bowing to the threats of the Center for Biological Diversity, the USFWS plans to release hundreds of Mexican wolves all over Arizona. The release area stretches as far north as I-40 (Flagstaff), as far north as Tucson, in a wide swath that reaches our western border with California, and our eastern border with New Mexico, including a small portion of Texas. Click HERE to see the map.
I could have written much, much more. However, here is my comment to the USFWS:
I am strongly against the release of these mongrel animals. Since moving to Northern Arizona from the Phoenix area two years ago, I have learned much about this Mexican "wolf." Though you might have released these predators away from humans, pets, and livestock, they have gravitated near them. Wolves, no matter what species or subspecies, and no matter where they exist, are among the most destructive predators on the face of the earth. My heart goes out to the rural families in Eastern Arizona/Western NM, and their children who have been forced to live with them and been subjected to their harrassment. I cannot even imagine the terrible psychological damage that these children have had to endure, witnessing their pets and their families’ lifestock ripped apart by these predators, just to pleasure people who aren’t forced to live with them. Rural families are wise to wolves. However, this isn’t true of the tens of thousands of "city people" who regularly flood into our forests. Federal agencies, such as the USFWS, along with multiple environmental groups, such as the Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, Sierra Club, and others, have misrepresented the science and nature of wolves. You have all ignored, downplayed, and suppressed documented evidence that dispels your many myths about wolves. Due to the misinformation and outright lies that have been repeated again and again by your agency, and environmental groups, most Arizona citizens are completely ignorant about the dangers that await them, their families, their pets, livestock, and the wildlife they love. They don’t know the truth. I know, and so do you: Mexican wolves are closer in their DNA to dogs than coyotes. They aren’t easy to identify on sight. They are fearless of humans. A pack of wolves can take down ANYTHING, including bison. They eat living animals. They love to eat fetuses from cows. They run and stress animals to death. They are NOT nature’s sanitizers. They eat 20 pounds of elk and leave it to die in the forest. They carry multiple diseases. They eat entire calves, making it impossible for ranchers to confirm their losses. Ranchers are rarely compensated by more than a fraction of their losses. 1 in 7 or 8 losses is pretty accurate. That doesn’t take into account vet bills, additional staff to keep watch, replacement of their dogs, the time it takes to have to deal with federal agencies, and all the rest that goes with trying to earn a decent living. It’s obvious that the further from wolves people live, the better they like them. They like the "idea" of wolves. But they wouldn’t like it one bit if they were surrounded by a pack of them.