Urgent Alert: Arizona Game & Fish Commission may take official position to support removing protections from wolves nationwide

Majority of Arizonans Excluded from Giving Input to Decision Affecting Arizona's Endangered Mexican Wolves

Please contact the Arizona Game and Fish Commission today and tell them you oppose removing protections for gray wolves through a national delisting plan.

A meeting of the AZ Game and Fish Commission has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 20 at noon in Phoenix to discuss sending congress a letter advocating national delisting of gray wolves.

This is not surprising since two years ago the Commission voted to send a letter of support send a letter of support for federal legislation to strip all gray wolves of their endangered species protections, including the only 42 Mexican gray wolves surviving in the wild in Arizona and New Mexico at that time.

Now the Commission is considering another betrayal of its responsibilities to science-based wildlife management and stewardship. We need to flood them with phone calls and emails telling them that this is not acceptable.

The Commission apparently hoped to discourage participation in this decision process from the majority of Arizona voters who support the Mexican gray wolf reintroduction in Arizona. The agenda for this meeting was posted on March 19, only one day before the meeting. And while normally, anyone can participate telephonically in commission meetings at any of the state offices, for this one, members of the public have to be present at the meeting in Phoenix in person to speak about the proposal.

Let's make sure the AZ Game and Fish Commission knows they can't exclude wolf supporters from conversations that are important to us.

Call the Phoenix AZ Game and Fish Department and leave a message for the Commission: 602-942-3000.

You can simply tell them that you want endangered species protections kept in place for Mexican wolves and other gray wolves and do not want the Commission to advocate for national delisting.

Please also send the Commissioners an email with the same message:

Commission Chair Jack Husted – Springerville
John W. Harris, Member – Tucson
Robert E. Mansell, Member – Winslow
Kurt R. Davis, Member – Phoenix
Edward 'Pat' Madden, Member – Flagstaff

If you can't use the Commissioner's email form, call: 602-942-3000. If you are out of the country, you can email a message to the Commission to AZGF Director Larry Voyles: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For a pdf of the March 20 meeting announcement and agenda, click here.

Thank you for taking action on behalf of critically endangered Mexican gray wolves!