September 17, 2014
Less Than One Week Left to Speak for Wolves
There is less than one week remaining to submit comments on the feds’ proposed revisions to the Mexican gray wolf reintroduction program. Please take a minute to voice your support for wolves. Click here to send a comment through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s portal.
Tell them you support Alternative 3, but with important modifications:
- Eliminate artificial boundaries. All of the proposed action alternatives would give wolves more room to roam–that’s good–but prohibit them from dispersing north of I-40–bad! There’s no biological reason for this. In fact, wildlife biologists say at least two additional populations of lobos are necessary for their recovery: one in the Grand Canyon region, and another in the southern Rockies of New Mexico and Colorado. Both of these are north of I-40!
- Don’t allow more wolves to be killed. To placate wolf opponents, the FWS wants to relax “take” provisions for when wolves could be killed in the wild. With only about 90 Mexican wolves in the wild, every individual wolf is essential to the survival of the subspecies. Now is NOT the time to be relaxing restrictions on “take.”
- Expand the areas where captive-born wolves can be released. The wild population of lobos desperately needs an infusion of new genes, but only three wolves have been released from the captive population since 2008. A major obstacle is the current rule’s restriction of new releases to a tiny area in Arizona—already fully occupied by wolves. The FWS wants to expand this area—a move that is long overdue and which conservationists strongly support.
Click here for more background information. Comments are due by 10 pm on Tuesday, 9/23.
Conservationists, captive breeding facilities sue feds over lobos
A well-respected biologist is among those who are planning to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for its failure to update the 32-year-old recovery plan for Mexican wolves. Former FWS Mexican wolf coordinator Dave Parsons says the plan is out of date, is not based on the best available science, and “does not present a roadmap to full recovery.” He is joined by two lobo captive breeding facilities—the Endangered Wolf Center and the Wolf Conservation Center–as well as Defenders of Wildlife and the Center for Biological Diversity. Click here to read more in the Arizona Republic.
Back by Noon: Discover the Monument–Ladera Canyon
There are still spaces left on this Back by Noon outing this Saturday, 9/20 to discover the new Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. Join Shaunna Foster as she leads us on a 4-mile round trip hike into seldom-visited Ladera Canyon. If it’s been raining enough (which it looks like it has!) we’ll be rewarded with the sight of a nice waterfall. Long pants are recommended. Rating: Strenuous. A $5 donation is requested of all members. Advanced registration is required please call 575-522-5552 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
City Wants to Know What You Think About Green Infrastructure
Las Cruces residents: the City of Las Cruces wants to know what you think about “green infrastructure.” Green infrastructure uses natural features such as vegetation, soil, and topography to manage rainwater where it falls. Examples include mulch to minimize evaporation, curb cuts to redirect stormwater into vegetation, sediment traps to filter water, and depressions (swales) to harvest rainwater.It also includes “built” strategies such as cisterns and water barrels for rainwater capture, and green rooftops. Click here to take the survey.
SWEC Gala Features Great Food, Music, Silent Auction Items
There are still tickets left for SWEC’s annual A Wild Night…For Wildlife party and fundraiser. By buying a ticket, you’ll help us protect treasures like Otero Mesa, still threatened by oil and gas development, and Mexican wolves, struggling to survive in the Southwest. And you’ll enjoy a fun night featuring food provided by Savoy de Mesilla, De La Vegas, The Mix Pacific Rim, Andele, Hotel Encanto, and others. We have over 100 items in the silent auction, including hotel and vacation accommodations, dining out packages, art, services, and lots more. Click here to buy your ticket. If you know you’re going and you’re on Facebook, even if you haven’t bought your ticket yet, please go to SWEC’s Facebook page and click on the event link to RSVP. It will help get the word out. Want to volunteer for the event? Contact Tricia@wildmesquite.org.