Public Rallies Behind Mexican Gray Wolves
Thousands Comment on Flawed Draft Recovery Plan
As reported in the Santa Fe New Mexican, nearly ten thousand public comments have been electronically submitted on the US Fish and Wildlife Service's draft Mexican wolf recovery plan, with thousands more submitted by mail.
The Southwest Environmental Center helped draft and signed on to coalition comments outlining extensive criticisms of the plan. Our comments find fault with the political process by which the plan was drafted, the scientific basis for its methodology, and the validity of its results, which set inadequate and repressive targets and restrict rather than encourage the recovery of the subspecies.
Other organizations that signed onto these comments include the Wildlands Network, the Grand Canyon Wildlands Council, the Western Wildlife Conservancy, the Sierra Club, the Western Watersheds Project, the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, the Great Old Broads for Wilderness, the Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project, Roaring Fork Audubon, the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, and WildEarth Guardians.
A final recovery plan is expected from FWS by the end of 2017.
View the coalition's comments here.