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Tue Nov 13, 2012, 10:19 AM


Help save 59 Mexican Grey Wolves from extinction!






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The so-called recovery plan for the Mexican Grey Wolves is not working. There are only 59 remaining Mexican Grey Wolves in Arizona and New Mexico. They are facing extinction!

Mexican Wolves or "Lobos" are the smallest, rarest and most distinct subspecies of western wolves, but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, for no good reason, lists them as just another population of grey wolves. These wolves even have a distinct DNA.

In late October, 2012, the USFWS had an opportunity to create a new paradigm for Mexican Grey Wolf recovery in the Southwest, which the Agency chose not to do. It did not change the classification of the Mexican Grey Wolves from "experimental nonessential" designation. This designation is a farce no wonder recovery is failing. Further, the Agency has not released into the wild any of the 300 captive Mexican Grey Wolves nor increased the allotment of land for the Lobos. The Fish and Wildlife Service’s passivity is not allowing recovery of these wolves. The wolves do not stand a chance of recovery because their population is too small for successful breeding. Releasing wolves directly into New Mexico... where the best remaining habitat exists...is critical to quickly boosting numbers and gene diversity in the wild population. For bureaucratic reasons the USFWS won't do it, citing an outdated rule that prevents direct releases into New Mexico.

The Agency is taking the position that ranchers’ cows, allowed to roam on public lands, are more important than this very rare wolf, for which there is very little documentation of depredation. The Agency has refused to vigorously protect these wolves from poachers and trappers and expand their recovery area to provide existing wolf packs with more room to roam. Even the Forest Service has refused to support the need to increase the wolves’ habitat. Increasing these grazing allotments in the recovery area is another one of the most important actions to recover Mexican wolves.

Government management has deteriorated to the point that in 2012, the organization Wild Earth Guardians had to sue for permitting trapping in the Mexican Wolf range.

The Endangered Species Act specifically allows for protection for separate subspecies of animals, and a separate listing would benefit the Mexican Gray Wolf recovery effort and chart a new course for Mexican Wolf Conservation in the Southwest. The current classification of the Mexican Grey Wolves of experimental nonessential is ludicrous! Elevating the lobos’ status to essential would strengthen recovery efforts by prioritizing wolf conservation over other, potentially conflicting land uses and outlandish practices like indiscriminate trapping in the wolf recovery area. 


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PixlPhantasy Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Done ^^
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tumblebunny Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
no facebook, no twitter, no signature....but I hope these guys do all right!!! Fight wolves fight!
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ShinyUmbreon01 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Signed. :D
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KovoWolf Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
wahoo!
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ShinyUmbreon01 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:dance:
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PutYourBraveFaceOn Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
"Thanks for signing the petition!
Spread the word by inviting up to 50 friends."
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KovoWolf Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
:heart:!
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Hiei4242 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
Signed and shared, praying for these wolves and for wolves everywhere.
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KovoWolf Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! :heart:
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Aniyala Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
o god i feel sooo retarded >-< figured it out just my comps slow so it didnt show everything at once
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KovoWolf Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
no worries <3
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Aniyala Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
would love to sign but i don't have a smart phone for the app o.0
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Frencat Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
I DON'T HAVE FACEBOOK D8
-Cries- I hope they'll be alright.
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KovoWolf Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
No worries. I'm still looking for a way to sign it without having facebook. It looks like you can sign in with twitter as well
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Frencat Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
Awesome! I might be able to sign the petition after all. : D
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monochromera Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
thank you for notifying us~

I signed!
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KovoWolf Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
No problem <3!
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firewolves1 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'd love to sign it, but I don't have a facebook. It won't let me unless I do. :c
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VelZelko Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I singned hope it helps
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KovoWolf Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
<3
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WolfwingX Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I signed and invited some friends, I hope things turn up for the Mexican grey wolf, I really love wolves and it would be a shame if we lost these ones
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KovoWolf Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
:heart: Thank you!
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OutBack-Art Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional Photographer
I can invite some other people to help out!
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KovoWolf Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Excellent, thank you!
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OutBack-Art Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional Photographer
Okay:)
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OutBack-Art Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional Photographer
Love to sign but I don't have a facebook account. :( So can someone sign for me?
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KovoWolf Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
I wish I could :< but I have already signed it
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OutBack-Art Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional Photographer
That's okay, someone else can.
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Cody-H Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Student Photographer
I signed, and invited 50 friends to help "stop idiots from killing wolves" :D
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KovoWolf Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Sweet!
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Cody-H Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Student Photographer
Yup, they're all active classmates too. :D I can't believe how big of an idiot illegal game hunters are. (and those alike)
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