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Sedona Lecture Series focuses on Mexican Gray Wolf – April 8
Verde Independent (original) Posted on March 27, 2013
The Mexican Gray Wolf no longer exists in Mexico, and there are only 58* remaining in the wild in the Southwestern U.S. and 300 in captivity.
These numbers make "El Lobo" the rarest type of wolf in the world and the most endangered land mammal in North America.
Emily Nelson, Program Director of the Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project, is the speaker for the fourth and final lecture in the 2013 Sedona Lecture Series on Monday, April 8, 7 p.m., at the United Methodist Church, 110 Indian Cliffs Road and SR 179 in Sedona.
The Lecture Series has been presented annually for 29 years by the Sedona Muses and the Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA).
The Recovery Project is dedicated to bringing back wolves and restoring ecological health in the Grand Canyon region.
Nelson will provide information about the history and present status of Mexican wolves, their role in ecosystems of the Southwest, and current efforts to help them recover in the wild on the Colorado Plateau.
Widespread trapping and poisoning in the U.S. in the early to mid-1900s was responsible for their ongoing danger of extinction, and they were bred in captivity and reintroduced to the wild in Arizona beginning in 1998. The goal was to restore at least 100 wolves to the wild by 2006. Unfortunately, the present count is only 58.
Tickets are $6/MNA members, $7 non-members at Weber's IGA in VOC, Bashas' in Sedona, at the door the night of the lecture, or by calling Ruth Kane, 284-2875. Proceeds benefit the Museum of Northern Arizona.
*Note: The current population number is up to 75 with three breeding pairs of Mexican wolves in the wild as of the end of 2012.
Howling-Good Films: Wild and Scenic Film Festival Visits Flagstaff and Benefits Local Wolf Recovery Project
Northern Arizona University, The Lumberjack student newspaper (original) Posted on April 3, 2013 by Miranda Scott
It is dark and there are pretty pictures of wolves adorning tables lined up around the claustrophobic walls of the Orpheum Theater's interior. A film is starting, crackling as the video player comes to life. ... Posters are taped on the walls urging people to "Save the Wolves." The clock hits 7:30 p.m. and the first documentary starts, focusing on whales and saving the planet; the Wild and Scenic Film Festival has officially begun.
On March 29, a large crowd gathered at the Orpheum Theatre to take part in the film festival. A nationwide festival, the Wild and Scenic has been traveling from California to Nevada to Arizona for the better part of this year, according to the group's website, which receives over 110 film entries every year. The films focus on improving the conditions of the world we live in through powerful change enacted by adventurous individuals ready to work toward a better tomorrow. Many of the films take place in mountainous landscapes and are primarily interested in the effects human interference and climate change have on the animal and ecological life forces in nature.
"The Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project hosts the Wild and Scenic Film Festival tour in Flagstaff each year to raise awareness for the Mexican gray wolf and as a fundraiser to help support our work on behalf of wolves. Our intention with hosting the film festival is to help people learn about the issues facing Mexican wolves, be motivated to care for them and strive to see them be recovered in the wild," said Emily Nelson, project director of the Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project.
15 Years of Mexican Gray Wolves: Celebrate or Sob?
Defenders of Wildlife Blog Post (original) Posted on March 26, 2013 by Eva Sargent, Southwest Program Director for Defenders of Wildlife
This Friday will be the 15th anniversary of the day U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staffers braved a blizzard to release the first group of captive bred Mexican gray wolves – also called "lobos" – into the wild. The wolves had been waiting in pens in the Apache National Forest in Arizona, the first of their kind in the wilds of the Southwest in decades. Now, 15 years later, there are 75 wild Mexican gray wolves in Arizona and New Mexico, and a handful in Mexico. That's something to celebrate – part miracle, part Endangered Species Act triumph. An animal that was completely extinct in the wild, with only seven "founder" wolves as breeding stock to save it, is back and howling and having pups and strengthening the natural systems that sustain everything, humans included.
If you live in the Southwest, we have opportunities to celebrate in Flagstaff and Pinetop, Arizona, and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Of course, some people will prefer to sob: there are not enough lobos in the wild; they need to overcome genetic problems; and they are confined to one population in one area of the Southwest. The slow turn of the Mexican gray wolf as it tries to step back from edge of extinction is agonizing to watch. Will the rarest wolf in the world teeter and fall? As someone who lives lobo recovery and politics every day, I can't just sit around and sob. I need to act, and I need you with me.
Arizona commission backs request to remove wolves from endangered list
The Arizona Republic (original) Posted on March 20, 2013 by Brandon Loomis
The Arizona Game and Fish Commission on Wednesday voted to back an effort by Western lawmakers to remove gray wolves from the endangered-species list.
The commission unanimously supported a letter by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to drop federal protections for wolves nationwide.
That would include Mexican gray wolves, which have struggled to find a foothold in the Southwest since reintroduction in 1998, though the commission reasserted its support for at least 100 "wolves on the ground."
That's a number that wolf supporters find unacceptable, and they don't trust the state to nurse the animals to a fully recovered population.
Wolves in Utah
Letter to the Editor
Salt Lake Tribune (original) Posted on March 13, 2013 by Bob Brister
Utah owes a thank-you to Paul Rolly for exposing the shenanigans in its Legislature. Most recently, the proposed appropriation of $300,000 of our tax money for Washington anti-wolf lobbyists ("Saving Red Riding Hood," Tribune, March 4). It would be more laughable if it were not such a waste in a state with so many unmet needs.
To add insult to injury, this waste of tax dollars goes to oppose wolves in Utah, something a majority of Utahns support. Wolves are native to Utah, but they were killed off by 1930.
- Attempt to strip dollars for anti-wolf lobbyist fails
- Why keep wolves out?
- Editorial: Just cry wolf
- Anti-wolf group likely to get second $300,000 Utah payment
- Legislators steering another $300,000 to anti-wolf crusade
- Expert: Still a Long Road Ahead for Mexican Wolf Recovery
- Why not control elk with wolves?
- Number Rose for Endangered Wolves in 2012
- Elk Targeted Over Aspen
- Grand Canyon Elk Go From Attraction To Menace
- Team's daily job is to manage wolves back from the brink of extinction
- Idea for Wolf Diversity Draws Ire
- We can still save the Mexican gray wolf
- Follow the Trail
- Reintroduce wolves to control bison
- Canyon backcountry users weigh in on access
- Delisting Mexican wolves sets dangerous precedent
- Mexican gray wolves deserve protection
- Wolves in wilderness part of divine splendor
- Coconino Voices: Wolves on rise but far away from recovery
- Arizona's wolves need a break
- Game and Fish abandoning gray wolves
- Mexican gray wolves due more protection
- Don't give wolf opponents tracking frequencies
- Song of the wolf long overdue here
- Wolf return connects us to natural world
- North Rim wolf revival?
- Environmental film festival entertains and educates
- Prosecute killers of wolves as criminals
- Mexican wolf count drops by 10 from year ago
- It's succeeding despite setbacks
- Wolf recovery now in better hands
- Federal agency settles wolf lawsuit
- Bookmans supports Arizona Coalition to save wolves!
- Wolves from Mexico no threat to U.S.
- Land of Vanishing Predators addressed at lecture
- Wolf recovery can succeed
- Survey shows support for Mexican gray wolf
- Poll: Most back wolf recovery
- Grand Canyon region can sustain wolfpacks