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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Overturning proven Science in favor of biased Political and Business based thinking to potentially forever delist wolves from the Endagnered Species Act?........please let the folks listed below why this is DEAD WRONG!!!!!

excellent local tv news analysis of the controversy over wolf delisting and what it could mean to the scant 42 Mexican wolves left in the on utube coordinates below to view:
RED ALERT: From The Northern Idaho Wolf Alliance
Hinchey, Maurice - (D - NY)
(845) 331 4466 Kingston office
(202) 226 0774 fax
DeFazio, Peter - (D - OR)
(541) 465 6732 Eugene office
(541) 465 6458 fax
eMail -
Grijalva, Raul M. - (D - AZ)
(520) 622 6788 Tucson office
(520) 622 0198 fax
eMail -
Miller, George - (D- CA)
(925) 602 1880 Concord office
(925) 674 0983 fax
eMail -
Committee on Natural Resources, Sub-Committee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife
Bordallo, Madeleine Z. (D - Guam), Chair
(202) 225 1188 Washington, D.C. office
(202) 226 0341 fax
eMail -

Arizona Game and Fish reaffirms commitment to Mexican wolf conservation

Department continues day-to-day management as it seeks to play greater role in conservation effort

Dec. 7, 2010

PHOENIX – On Dec. 4, the Arizona Game and Fish Commission voted to support Congressional actions to delist the gray wolf from protection under the Endangered Species Act.
The commission reaffirmed its strong commitment to Mexican wolf conservation, but recognized that progress on the program had been stalled since 2001 due to the current federal process that guides Mexican wolf conservation and the impact of unceasing environmental litigation.
"The current Mexican wolf conservation program is in gridlock, and while we support the Endangered Species Act, we recognize that in the case of the wolf, it has helped create an impasse that could lead to the demise of the species in the wild," says Terry Johnson, Ph.D., endangered species coordinator of the Game and Fish Department. "The discussion that led to the Game and Fish Commission's decision recognizes that it is both unfortunate, and ironic that successful Mexican wolf conservation may hinge on removing it from the Congressional act intended to help restore it."
Through the commission's action, they anticipate that the Game and Fish Department will become even more heavily involved in planning the future of the species and the day-to-day activities in a more affordable, efficient and effective manner
"Continuous litigation on wildlife conservation efforts, including wolves, has left wildlife management decisions to the judiciary instead of with the experts – the natural resources agencies. This litigation-driven bureaucratic process also drives up the cost of conservation, making Mexican wolf conservation unaffordable for anyone," added Johnson.
The commission discussed that Congressional involvement is necessary to break the regulatory and litigious gridlock that Mexican wolf conservation has endured for many years before the demise of the species in the wild.
Federal partnerships have been, and will continue to be, essential to continuing Mexican wolf conservation, and the commission invites all stakeholders to the table who are willing to participate in seeking solutions that will lead to effective, productive Mexican wolf conservation.
Wolves in Arizona will continue to be protected wildlife through state statutes.
Arizona's involvement in Mexican wolf conservation began in the mid-1980s, with exploration of the feasibility of reintroducing wolves in Arizona and New Mexico. In 1996, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service selected the Blue Range area in east-central Arizona as the reintroduction site, and the first 11 captive-reared wolves were released there in 1998. The Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area encompasses east-central Arizona and west-central New Mexico. The Fort Apache Indian Reservation also plays an integral part in the reintroduction effort

A few days ago, Interior Salazar Secretary assured 3 western governors that the Obama administration would help get the bills passed in the next two weeks.
This bill would circumvent the Endangered Species Act (ESA), & remove wolves from it's protection.It would set a dangerous precedent, by, for the first time, removing an animal from the ESL for political, not scientific reasons. No animal that hunters, ranchers and anti-wildlife forces dislike would ever be safe again.The immediate consequences would be wolf-hunting seasons in Idaho, Montana, & Wyoming, as well as wolf exterminations by the US Wildlife Service.
Almost half of the wolves recently brought back from extinction would be killed, thus reducing them to a remnant, token population, unable to fulfill their biological role in our forests and subjecting them to their possible second extinction.

We are asking you to take 3 actions:

1. Contact pro-environmental Congressmen on the House Committee on Natural Resources, listed below, and ask them to oppose this legislation.

2. Forward it to people who care about wolves.

3. Network with local pro-wildlife organizations & ask them to get on board in this effort (big ones like Defenders of Wildlife, NRDC, etc are already working on it)

Here are important talking points:

• Rather than decimating livestock, wolves are responsible for less than 1% of depredation.• Rather than reducing elk populations, elk numbers have increased since wolf re-introduction to over one million in the Northern Rockies.
• Scientific studies show that wolves have positive effects on forest health.
• This bill would set a dangerous precedent, subjecting other species in the future to political rather than scientific scrutiny to delist them.Thank you for your efforts. Together, we can successfully defend the wolves.

Nancy Taylor, Co-Chair
Ann Sydow, Co-Chair & Newsletter Editor
Ken Fischman, Vice-Chair
You can:
(1) Call,
(2) FAX, or
(3) click on the Representatives' email
Committee on Natural Resources:
Rahall, Nick - (D - WV), Chair
(304) 522 6425 Huntington office
(304) 529 5716 fax
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