Sunday, February 10, 2008

NM wants more wolves, AZ and feds quietly hostile

New Mexico fights for lobos, Arizona & feds not helping

LAS CRUCES NM -- Gov. Bill Richardson's State of New Mexico is rightly concerned about endangered Mexican wolf survival and recovery.

Due to persecution and killing by public-lands ranchers and fed agencies under Bush/Cheney, the Mexican wolf population in AZ and NM fell 12% last year to just 52 wolves.

In 2007, "there were too many losses from the wild wolf population..." said Bruce Thompson, director of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. "The Department will work with citizens to ensure that more innovative wolf management is conducted in 2008, consistent with the multiple-partner wolf reintroduction effort, and any conflicts will be evaluated closely to determine resolution strategies that are most beneficial to wolf survival and conservation."

Unfortunately, there has been no similar statement from the Arizona Game and Fish Department, or fed bureaucrats in the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management, all of which remain largely hostile toward endangered species and large carnivores.

As more lobos die, BLM and the Forest Service just announced for 2008 they will keep public lands grazing fees at the absurdly low welfare rate of $1.35 per month for a cow and calf. Many 'ranchers' these days on America's lands are in fact just rich hobbyists getting taxpayer subsidies to play cowboy.

AZ Gov. Janet Napolitano should join Gov. Richardson on oversight and a clear stronger state commitment to wolf survival and recovery.


Anonymous said...

How many millions did the Gov't pay to eradicate the wolf? How long have we lived peacefully without the wolf? Why do we need the wolf? What is the cost per wolf for this program? Who authorized the Gov't to spend my money for this? How many wolves will it take to make everyone happy? When do we get our priorities straight? How directly are these "decision makers" affected by the wolf? Stop the insanity, drop the program.

Laredo said...

Like "all creatures, great and small," Mexican wolves have an important role to play in our Southwestern ecosystems. Currently there is only one lobo for every 180 squre miles of the recovery area. You'd think our fellow multiple users could share.

I hope we can translate NM officials' verbal support into some real change in mangement--guess what's required is the proverbial "endless pressure, endlessly applied."

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N. Parks said...

I spend a lot of time outdoors in New Mexico: recreational areas, National Forest, BLM, national preserve, wilderness, etc.. I work as a Park Ranger and I spend many of my own hours out.

I keep asking myself, "Where is all the wildlife," and "why does such a large and dynamic landscape support so little?"

New Mexico, you kill too much.