Feds Again Delay Release of Wolf Pack in Arizona


Center For Biological Diversity

For Immediate Release, October 8, 2010

Feds Again Delay Release of Wolf Pack in Arizona

SILVER CITY, N.M.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today again delayed releasing a pack of eight wolves — badly needed to bolster the dwindling number of Mexican gray wolves in the Southwest — into the Arizona wild. The Engineer Springs pack would infuse new genetics into a wolf population suffering from inbreeding.

The decision is a capitulation to the Arizona Game and Fish Department, which has held up release of these wolves throughout 2010 and meanwhile has demanded resumption of federal trapping and shooting of wolves that prey on livestock.

“Continuing to postpone this wolf family’s release casts fresh doubts on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s commitment to recovering this highly endangered and iconic animal of the Southwest,” said Michael Robinson of the Center for Biological Diversity. “The delay announced today demonstrates that the Arizona Game and Fish Department, working at the behest of the livestock industry, still wields veto power over the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and trumps the views of scientists.”

In December 2009, the Center and other conservation groups settled a lawsuit with Fish and Wildlife in which the federal agency acknowledged that a consortium of agencies led by Arizona Game and Fish had no authority over the federal reintroduction program.

“The Fish and Wildlife Service should honor its settlement agreement and make decisions based on what scientists think is best for this wolf population, not the political resistance of Arizona Game and Fish,” said Robinson.

The Mexican wolf population has declined or stayed stagnant for four years. Just 42 animals were counted in the wild in a survey in January, which was a 19-percent decline from the year before. A new count will be conducted in January 2011.

Only one Mexican wolf has been released into the wild from the captive-breeding program, without having previously been removed from the wild, over the past four years. That was in November 2008.


Photo: Courtesy USFWS (F511 in Pre-release pen)

Posted in: Mexican gray wolf

Tags: The Engineer Springs Pack, Mexican gray wolves, inbreeding, Arizona Game and Fish, Michael Robinson


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  1. Let the Wolfs FREE they belong to wild.
    My God Nabeki why they doing that? I hate them for making own decisions against federal reintroduction program for Mexican gray Wolfs…


    • Vasileios….These are selfish, self centered %&*$% people. They don’t care about anyone but themselves. They see wolves as competition and want them gone, just like the first time around. Sickos.



  2. It is obvious Az fish and game can’t be trusted. I’ll bet any money that they are complicit with the livestock idiots in these alpha wolf poachings. Just look at how they illegally trapped Macho B and tried to cover it up! This story proves the focus is STILL on the RANCHERS not the wolves. Arizona Fish and Game should change their moniker to “Managing today for the Livestock Industry” instead of Managing today for wildlife tommorrow- what crap!


  3. I agree with William.I don’t think the Az Fish and Game should have control over the welfare of the Wolves or any other predator, in fact.You can’t serve to masters.One has to look out for all of the wild life, predetors included, in order for all of them to benefit from a healthly enviroment.If you serve the interest of the cattle rancher,you can’t be possibly be concerned about the other.They are just another pest control service for the rancher to use.


    • Rita…it’s a conflict of interest pure and simple. The entire system has to be changed from top to bottom if wildlife watchers will ever have a say. The current system is broken but very, very powerful. Look what Game and Fish are doing in Az., I’m sure they have their hands in stopping the release of wolves. Something has to be done.



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