Stop the Removal of Fox Mountain Pack Yearling
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has ordered the permanent removal from the wild of an uncollared yearling from the Fox Mountain pack. Because the wolf is uncollared USFWS can't be sure if this wolf was involved in any livestock depredations.
This news comes on the heels of the official count for 2013, verifying there are only 83 Mexican wolves in the wild. The end of year report also showed the looming genetic diversity crisis as 6 of the mere 17 pups surviving the year were from wolves whose genes are already overrepresented in the wild.
USFWS won't know anything about the wolf they trap until it's too late. They may trap a wolf whose genetics are greatly valuable and who may be part of a potential breeding pair. Taking a genetically valuable wolf out of the wild is contrary to recovering the species.
Instead of attempting to disrupt the pack by trapping and removing any uncollared wolf they can find, USFWS should be focused on proven-effective prevention methods of lowering cases of livestock depredation.
Mexican wolves have fought too hard to survive to be pushed back to the brink of extinction now.
Make a phone call today to stop this removal from happening.
Call Senators Udall and Heinreich and government officials and tell them not to remove the Fox Mountain pack yearling. This scattershot approach to wolf management is unacceptable, especially for critical endangered animals.
Senator Tom Udall: 202-224-5521 (DC)
Senator Martin Heinrich: 202-224-6621 (DC)
Not sure what to say? Use the following talking points to get you started:
1. The government should not be targeting critically endangered wolves, who may be very genetically valuable, for permanent removal. Removing a wolf at random may break up a potential new breeding pair and will place him/her and all of the wolves nearby at risk, since capture carries a high risk of accidental death or injury. And it perpetuates a failed policy of scapegoating wolves who occasionally prey on livestock -- even when the stock-owner is reimbursed.
2. The US Fish and Wildlife Service should release many more wolves, not remove them. At last count, just 83 wolves including 5 breeding pairs survived in the wild. If the USFWS is truly concerned about the growth of the population and its genetic health, the answer is more releases of captive wolves, not more wild wolves lost to risky trapping operations and permanent captivity.
3. Moving Mexican gray wolves closer to extinction is not the solution to livestock conflicts. There are many solutions to conflicts between livestock and wolves, but there are very few Mexican gray wolves. Livestock businesses on public lands are reimbursed for losses and can receive government and non-profit assistance for non-lethal proactive measures to avoid depredation. They have a responsibility to do so. Deterrents to livestock conflicts are the solutions, not removing more endangered Mexican wolves.
If you'd like more talking points or for any questions contact Tricia at 575-522-5552 or email@example.com.
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