SWEC update

October 31, 2013

It’s a war…

Since federal protections for gray wolves in the northern Rockies and upper Midwest were removed beginning in 2011 and management turned over to the states, a massacre of wolves in those areas has ensued. There’s no other word for it. In two years, hunters, trappers and government agents have killed more than 1700 wolves in five states. The killing has been accompanied by a disturbing level of hostility towards wolves and wolf supporters, and in the case of wolves, acts of brutality, as described in this New West article and this Huffington Post article. In much of Wyoming, you don’t even need a license to kill a wolf. There are no bag limits, no seasons. It’s a return to the bad old days, when predators were killed whenever possible, and it’s been a hard thing for conservationists to watch, after working so hard for so many years to restore wolves to the American landscape. Increasingly wolves have come to be seen by those on the right as a symbol of a hated federal government. The Koch Brothers funded group Americans for Prosperity, for example, has been organizing wolf opponents to show up at public hearings. This is the reality of wolf conservation in America today, and why it is important for people who care about preserving wild nature to stand up for wolves.

Speak up for Mexican wolves

The Obama administration is proposing to remove protections for all remaining gray wolves in the U.S., except for the Mexican wolf subspecies (lobos). The administration is proposing to revise its current management rules for the approximately 75 lobos in the wild in New Mexico and Arizona. One proposed change—to allow for direct releases of captive wolves anywhere in the recovery area, including NM’s vast Gila Wilderness—is much needed and long overdue. The other changes are not so good. Please take a moment to email your comments in support of Mexican wolves to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It will just take a minute. Click here to read more and take action. Want to do more? Join SWEC and other wolf supporters at a rally and public hearing on the proposed changes in Albuquerque on Wednesday, November 20th beginning at 4 pm. Contact Tricia at (575) 522-5552 or tricia@wildmesquite.org for more information.

Membership Coordinator Wanted

SWEC has an opening for a part-time Membership Coordinator to increase our membership and manage membership relations and programs, such as Tuesday Talks at SWEC and Back by Noon Outings. The ideal candidate will be someone who is creative and detail-oriented with excellent interpersonal skills, who can effectively communicate with people of all ages and backgrounds, and who is highly motivated to find ways to expand the community of SWEC supporters. Click here to view the full job description and apply.

Canvassers wanted

SWEC is also hiring door-to-door canvassers. We’re looking for individuals who are outgoing and don’t mind knocking on doors to tell people about our work and ask them for their support. This is part-time work in the afternoon and evenings (great for students!). Click here to learn more.

Bringing back nature’s grand opera back to Texas

During the early 1990s, there was a movement in Texas to bring back the Mexican wolf to portions of its former range, including the Big Bend National Park area of Texas. What happened to the movement? Will lobos ever return to Texas? Join SWEC as we travel to El Paso to hear this fascinating talk by Rick LoBello, El Paso conservation educator and community organizer on Friday, 11/8 at 7 pm. Rick will review the history of the Mexican wolf in Texas, what the Mexican Wolf Coalition of Texas accomplished during the 1990s and how a new grassroots effort to return the wolf to the wilds of Texas could return to the public’s radar screen in Texas.  At the Westside Regional Command Center Community Room, 4801 Osborne Drive, El Paso.  Contact us at (575) 522-5552 or Tricia@wildmesquite.org if you’d like to carpool from Las Cruces.

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