Rally for Wolves at the AZ Game and Fish Meeting on August 7, 2015 in Flagstaff, AZ
During the period in which AZ Game and Fish had the most control over the lobo's reintroduction, the wild population declined to only 42 wolves and two breeding pairs.
If the Arizona Game and Fish Commission had its way, there would be no more Mexican gray wolves in the wild. It's time for the majority of Arizonans who support Mexican wolf recovery to loudly and visibly oppose Arizona Game and Fish's anti-wolf actions.
Please stand for wolves with us at a rally during the August 7th AZ Game and Fish Commission Meeting. Give wolves a voice by participating in the meeting as well.
Little America Hotel
2515 E. Butler Ave
The meeting starts at 8 a.m. The Mexican wolf briefing is item 5 on the agenda.
We will hold the rally at 12 pm outside during the lunch break.
If you can't make it to Flagstaff, you can support lobo recovery by participating from another regional office in Arizona.
Sign up here to RSVP for the rally and/or meeting.
The AZ Game and Fish Commission has advocated for killing wolves, even whole families, accused of depredating on livestock. It has sent letters to Congress advocating that Mexican gray wolves be stripped of their Endangered Species Act Protections. And it has done everything it can to stop the release of new wolves from captivity, desperately needed to boost the genetic health of the wild lobo population.
Recently, it bullied the US Fish and Wildlife Service into capping the number of endangered Mexican gray wolves allowed to live in the wild at 325, with no basis in science or recovery planning, to trap any lobos who travel to key habitats north of I-40, and to make it easier to kill and remove these highly endangered wolves.
It is crucial at this time when the AZ Game and Fish Commission is advocating for anti-wolf policies and Arizona Representative Paul Gosar is trying to strip Mexican wolves' Endangered Species Act protections, that we have a large showing at both the meeting and the rally!
We want wolf supporters to be highly visible, so please wear a green shirt (if you don't have a green shirt with a wolf image we will give you a sticker to add to any green shirt) and give wolves a voice during the Wolf Briefing Agenda item 5. Then join us at the rally outside during the noon lunch break.
Even if you don't wish to speak, you can help just by being there and filling out a blue card saying that you support Mexican gray wolf recovery.
You can speak face to face with the Commission at the actual meeting in Flagstaff. Or you can participate via video teleconference from a Regional Office in Phoenix, Pinetop, Flagstaff, Yuma, or Mesa (click here for regional office addresses). Please note that the Tucson and Kingman offices are not available for the video teleconference due to construction.
You can also help by signing the petition asking AZ Game and Fish to stop obstructing wolf recovery.
Our lobos can't speak for themselves against state persecution.
They need all of us to do it for them.
Please RSVP to participate, and spread the word.
Thank you for giving our endangered native wolves a voice!
The Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project is excited to host our wolf advocacy campaign annual camping trips and hike from June to October 2014 that will follow a natural dispersal corridor, connecting the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area (where Mexican gray wolves currently live) to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon (where we are advocating for their return). Mexican wolves are capable of traversing hundreds of miles, and need room to roam in order to establish a metapopulation structure to preserve remaining genetic diversity.
Two wolves have been documented in the Flagstaff area since the initial release of Mexican wolves into Arizona in 1998. In 2000, a female Mexican wolf wandered northward, eventually traveling over 200 miles until a vehicle struck and killed her just twelve miles north of Flagstaff on US Highway 89. In 2001, federal and state wildlife agencies reported that a radio-collared, yearling male lobo traveled from his reintroduction site in the Apache National Forest to the Mormon Lake vicinity on the Coconino National Forest south of Flagstaff. The agency biologists later tracked him moving south to Clear Creek and then eastward along the Mogollon Rim headwaters. It is possible he was following the scent of the female wolf who traveled this route before him, seeking out a mate he would never find. Our sojourner was shot and illegally killed in early 2002. As a community awareness event, the Paseo del Lobo hike offers participants a unique opportunity to learn more about little-known stories like this, as well as current efforts to help critically-endangered wolves make their way back to the wild.
Volunteers needed to hike, bike, join trail support teams, or help with special events!
Volunteers will be expected to serve as a positive spokesperson for Mexican wolf recovery, sharing your photographs and video experiences of the trail!
We will provide participants with a detailed map of their section, and go over maps of the area to help with directions, and trail recommendations. You will gather a group of your friends to lead on a Paseo del Lobo section hike, to help educate others about the incredible wolf habitat available in the Grand Canyon region. Take photo postcards with a short message from your hike for us to share online with others around the world to see!
Help us make the Paseo del Lobo a success for Mexican wolves
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