Another Tragic Loss for Mexican Gray Wolves, Something MUST Be Done!!

Wichita, Kansas 1997

“Gathering strength in a Kansas zoo, a litter of Mexican wolves boosts hopes of restoring this subspecies of the gray wolf to New Mexico and Arizona.”

UPDATE: The Mogart Pack alpha male has been found alive. Good news!!

Most Recent Missing Mexican Wolf Found–And He’s Not Dead

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Here we go again. The alpha female of the Mexican gray wolf Mogart pack has been found dead in New Mexico, her mate missing. I’m angry and frustrated by the constant bad news coming out off the Southwest. The war on wolves continues.

Mexican grays are becoming inbred due to their small gene pool and tiny numbers. We’re now down to 37 Mexican gray wolves in the wild. There is a $60,000 reward on the head of the last poacher’s head.

What will it take for SOMEBODY TO TALK? A million? Two million? Whatever the price, it needs to be paid. The drip, drip, drip of dead wolves in the Southwest is a crime of major proportions and it’s not going to be solved until someone starts giving up the poachers.  IMO this is a carefully orchestrated operation. The scum poachers know what they’re doing, killing off one of the alpha pair, effectively disbanding the pack. Is the alpha male dead as well?

Were these wolves collared? If so, who has access to the radio receivers to track the wolves? What progress has been made in the tragic killings of the Hawks Nest wolves?

USFWS, is charged with not only recovering the gray wolf but protecting them. The paradigm on how they manage these critically endangered animals needs an overhaul. Open up new territory, such as Grand Canyon National Park, where there is a solid prey base for wolves and NO CATTLE.

USFWS, DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT!! What you’re doing is not working. Time is of the essence. AND RELEASE MORE WOLVES!!

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Mexican gray wolf found dead in NM; 4th this year

By SUE MAJOR HOLMES / Associated Press
Posted: 10/26/2010 04:16:37 PM MDT
http://www.lcsun-news.com/ci_16438639?source=most_viewed

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Center For Biological Diversity
For Immediate Release, October 27, 2010

Lawsuit Launched Over Long-delayed Protections for Mexican Wolf, Giant Palouse Earthworm, Spring Pygmy Sunfish and Oklahoma Grass Pink Orchid

Program for Protecting Imperiled Species Remains Mired in Missed Deadlines, Bureaucratic Foot-Dragging

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity today filed a formal notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over its failure to respond to petitions to list four species: the Mexican wolfgiant Palouse earthwormspring pygmy sunfish and Oklahoma grass pink orchid. The four species join 91 others listed in an earlier lawsuit over the agency’s failure to make timely decisions for species that desperately need protection.

“The program for listing species under the Endangered Species Act is broken. Every day of delay means placing the Mexican gray wolf, giant Palouse earthworm, spring pygmy sunfish, grass pink orchid and dozens of others at increased risk of extinction,” said Noah Greenwald, endangered species director at the Center. “Under Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lacks any sense of urgency for plants and animals facing the prospect of disappearing forever.”

The agency frequently claims it lacks sufficient resources to list more species. Congress, however, has increased the budget for listing species from $3 million in 2002 to more than $10 million in 2010 with little increase in the rate of species listings. To date, the Obama administration has not substantially increased the pace of species listings by the Fish and Wildlife Service. It did finalize protection for 51 species in Hawaii, but in the conterminous United States has only finalized protection for one plant and only proposed protection for 16 species. Because it takes at least one year to finalize proposed listings, these 16 will likely be the only species protected in all of 2011. Under the Clinton administration, by contrast, the Fish and Wildlife Service listed 498 species for an average rate of 62 species per year.

“We had hoped to see serious reform of the Fish and Wildlife Service under Secretary Salazar, but instead it’s only been more foot-dragging and delay,” said Greenwald. “Meanwhile, species that badly need protections provided by the Endangered Species Act are facing increased habitat loss, the effects of climate change and other threats to their survival.”

Background on the species
The Mexican wolf was listed as an endangered subspecies of the gray wolf in 1976, but in 1978 all gray wolf subspecies’ listings were consolidated into a species-level listing for all gray wolves in the lower 48 states. Although it does receive some protection from listing of the gray wolf overall, a separate listing as a subspecies or distinct population would compel the government to develop a modern recovery plan for the Mexican wolf, which is declining toward extinction as the government delays again and again. Today, only about 42 Mexican wolves survive in the wild. The Center filed a petition to list the Mexican wolf on Aug. 11, 2009. The Fish and Wildlife Service issued an initial positive finding, but has failed to make the 12-month finding determining whether listing is warranted.

The giant Palouse earthworm is a native of the Palouse prairies of eastern Washington and Idaho, which have been plowed and paved. Today it occupies just 3 percent of its former range. It has been found only five times in the past 110 years, including this year when University of Idaho researchers found two live specimens on a prairie near Moscow, Idaho. The earthworm was first petitioned for protection in 2006. After that petition was rejected by the Bush administration, the Center and allies petitioned again on June 30, 2009. The following month, the Obama administration reversed course and agreed to consider the new petition, but is now late on making a 12-month finding.

Discovered in 1937, the spring pygmy sunfish was twice presumed extinct during the 70 years it has been known to science. It is limited primarily to headwater springs in the Tennessee River watershed and historically occurred in three small disjunct spring complexes (Cave, Pryor and Beaverdam springs), separated by up to 65 miles. Two of the three populations have disappeared. The Cave Springs population was extirpated in 1938 due to inundation by the formation of Pickwick Reservoir; the Pryor Springs population disappeared by the late 1960s, most likely due to dredging and chemical contamination; and the single remaining native population occupies only roughly five river miles within the Beaverdam Springs complex. The Center and fisheries biologist Mike Sandel petitioned to list the sunfish November 24, 2009. The Fish and Wildlife Service has yet to make a finding on the petition.

The grass pink orchid occurs in wet prairies and open savannahs, where it requires frequent burning and is under threat from forces like habitat destruction for urban and agriculture sprawl, livestock grazing and fire suppression. It once occurred across 17 states from Minnesota to Texas and across to Florida, but is now believed to survive in only eight: Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana. The petition was submitted by Douglas Goldman, a concerned scientist on May 28, 2008. The Fish and Wildlife Service issued an initial positive finding, but has failed to make the 12-month finding determining whether listing is warranted.

http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2010/listing-delays-10-27-2010.html

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Nat Geo Wallpaper, Photo Joe Sartore

Posted in: Mexican gray wolf, Wolf Wars

Tags: Stop poaching wolves, Mogart Wolf Pack, wolf wars, get cattle out of the Gila, retire grazing leases

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  1. This news makes me quite sick and very angry. It may be best I can’t be out there. I would pay for the priveledge of removing the scums head. How can anyone not have any compassion and respect for life? This is out and out murder and the case should be treated as such! I’m so disappointed in mankind. Greed, the need for a feeling of power, and the total lack of morals has really brought man down. I’d rather live in the wilds than with the evils perpetrated by my own species. I would happily throw myself in front of the bullets or on top of the traps that are exterminating some of the most magnifcent creatures on the planet. I can all but 100% guarantee that these vicious behaviors carry over to home. Violence is violence is violence. Man is ultimately killing himself and his children. This behavior MUST END!!

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    • Totally agree with you well said Mai-coh…

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    • You are right on target Mai-coh. Everything you said so eloquently, is true. Children don’t just grow up to be trophy hunters or poachers, it’s learned behavior. There are only two animals that hunt for sport, humans and domestic dogs. Dogs only do it because we taught them. Wolves are accused of it but it’s not true. Thank you again.

      N.

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  2. FOR Mai-coh! Thank you so much for your super comment!You wrote what i feel! You are so right! howls!

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  3. It just makes me so angry…hopefully, somebody will talk!

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    • USFWS needs to get their act together and stop worrying about what the fish and game agencies want or there won’t be any Mexican gray wolves left in the wild.

      N.

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      • Nabeki you are so right. I am concerned that actually we have lost the Mexican Gray already. Their number are so low, how are they going to sustain themselves? IMHO the USFWS have no interest in wildlife at all. These people are receiving under the table payoffs from the fish and game agencies and hunters. To me there just isn’t any other explanation. They cannot be that ignorant of how the wildlife they should be protecting is being slaughtered. This criminal in the extreme. What I don’t understand is why the HSUS, the ASPCA, IFAW and others are not speaking out and demanding that a real wildlife agency be created. One that actually is concerned about wildlife, not just a token agency, which is what we have at the moment. I sometimes feel as if I simply cannot deal with this any longer. When are we going to get some real help in enforcing the ESA and the fact that our wolves are to be LEGALLY protected?

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      • SCWG…I think years of collaboration with ranchers and fish and game has brought us to this point with the Mexican gray wolf. The entire program started out wrong. Those wolves were never really safe. USFWS used to kill them for agribusiness all the time until one day they turned around and realized. ooops…they are going to be extinct if we don’t do something. But everything was fought tooth and nail. They had to be sued to give up the three strikes rule. You had a ranch hand out there baiting the wolves with carcasses. They have cattle still grazing in the Gila, part of the wolf recovery area. Is USFWS serious about Mexican gray wolf recovery? I’ll believe it when I see poachers caught and prosecuted.

        N.

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  4. The Center of Biological Diversity has launched a lawsuit against the U.S.Fish and Wild life services on the behave of the Mexican wolves and other enviromental issues.Nabeki has their name on her blogroll.The wolves are not protected and they,U.S.Fish and Wild Life,are clueless.I don’t think that any amount of money that is given for a reward is going to do anything right now.They can’t even find the wolf killers in any of the other states.
    These killers stick together or just keep quiet.In fact,there is so much out there on the inter net.,T.V.,and newspaper to promote this mass hysteria and hate,a sane person might be scared to death to speak out.Man seems to think he has control of everything and,yet,with all his so called knowledge,he knows nothing.He tried to kill of the Red Wolf,but nature is making sure there is a predator that is not just man ,so now the red wolf is mating with the coyote.It’s not a true wolf but it isn’t a true coyote either.Nature finds a way.We need our predetors for the true balance.

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    • I saw their press release Rita, thanks for bringing it up. Besides the Mexican gray wolf they are also suing to have the giant Palouse Earthworm, Spring Pygmy Sunfish and Oklahoma Grass Pink Orchid listed. I’ll post their press release.

      Hopefully the lawsuit will be a wake up call to USFWS, that they need to change what they’re doing. The wolf recovery area is not safe nor will it ever be safe as long as poachers can get away with killing wolves. The mindset in the Southwest seems even more toxic then the Northern Rockies, if that’s possible. They can’t tolerate 37 wolves on millions and millions of acres. These people have been allowed to have their way for so long and USFWS has looked the other way while wolf after wolf dies at the hand of gutless poachers.

      I still believe someone would talk if the reward was raised to a million dollars. Money talks and I think they’d sell out their own mother for a buck.

      There isn’t much time left for Mexican gray wolves, their gene pool is shrinking, their numbers in the wild are declining, they are becoming inbred. The situation is awful.

      N.

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      • I sure hope someone steps up.We need someone to step up and say enough is enough.From Bless the Beasts and the Children by Perry (jr)Botkin and Barry Devorzon “Bless the beasts and the children * For in this world they have no voice* They have no choice.” We,the wolf warriors and others care.

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  5. Wildlife Services Dodges Disclosure on Animal Killing

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/wendy-keefoverring/wildlife-services-sucks_b_774426.html

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    • What a bunch of bs, why in the world would the “stakeholders” be negotiating to give management back to Montana when Montana was planning on raising the quota of dead wolves from 75 to 186 for their precious “wolf hunt” Do they want to see wolves shot full of arrows, because the “oh so reasonable” Montana was planning on adding a WOLF ARCHERY SEASON to their bag of trophy hunting tricks. At the time Montana was planning their nasty new wolf hunt, wolves had only been off the ESA for a little over a year. Meanwhile Wildlife (Dis)Services in Montana is on target to slaughter even more wolves then the 145 they killed last year. Do the math people. Montana FWP just released a report stating there were just 400 wolves in Montana, down from 520 last year. This is a numbers game pure and simple, wolves are the pawns in that game. I swear this is getting crazier by the minute.

      My solution, do nothing. The victory was won, leave it alone. There are thirteen environmental groups that were involved in the lawsuit, they would all have to agree on some “plan”, I don’t see that happening. I cannot believe the Center for Biological Diversity would sign onto a “plan” that would return wolves back to the horrible management of Montana. No way. The Center is calling for a National Wolf Recovery Plan.

      This is turning into a horror movie. Wolves absolutely cannot be without the protection of the ESA and the environmental groups should know that. There is no compromise now. Wolves would lose everything and the victory to protect them under the ESA would be lost forever.

      N.

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  6. We need to be vigilant with our pressure. RDTuggle@fws.gov. Keep emailing him.

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    • William, what happened to Bud Fazio?

      N.

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  7. Nabeki- Bud is in charge as of a few weeks ago, it seems he is keeping a low profile. I emailed him a few months ago, and he never responded back. He reports directly to Tuggle I was told. My feeling is that he has his hands full, with all the political pressure, much of which he is not used to, certainly nothing like running the red wolf program. As you know red wolves have had a series of illegal poachings as well. They are under seige. I have been communicating with Susan Dicks from the Mexican Recovery Program in NM. She keeps telling me they are making changes which will ensure survival of this species, but I am apprehensive and feel as you do that they need some releases into areas like the Grand Canyon Nat Forest immediately. They have the wolves, they just need the locations.

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    • Thanks for the update william. I really think they need to start thinking outside the box on this one and stop bowing to pressure from fish and game. It makes no sense to me to keep releasing wolves into the same areas and having them shot dead. Until they can clean up the poacher situation they should try the GCNP. Just try it. I think wolves would thrive there and they might stir ecotourism for the park as well, like they do in the GYA.

      N.

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  8. I totally agree with all of you,and I hope someone will come forward with the names of these no-good poachers. I wish all the wolves luck, god love them they need all the luck they can get.

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    • Pauline…It’s a matter of the reward, if we could get a million dollar reward, someone would talk, believe me.

      N.

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  9. The male of the Morgart Pack has been found and is alive and well.

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    • Terrific news on the Mogart Pack male.

      N.

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    • Wonderful news thank you JerryBlack…

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  10. That’s good news Jerry.

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