Mexican gray wolf and pup (National Geographic Wallpaper by Joel Sartore)

Continue the pressure to save this alpha female from a life in captivity. It looks like they’re ignoring our pleas and are still trying to catch her.

“Service spokesman Tom Buckley said the agency would not change course and allow the wolf to remain in the wild, despite the ongoing public pressure.”

Taking this mother from the wild is wrong!! Either remove the cattle from the wolf recovery area or  recover these critically endangered wolves in a cow free zone, where they don’t face continual persecution over cattle. This is why after 14 years the wolf program has been a failure. It’s the same story repeating itself, wolves are either poached or get in trouble over cattle.  The definition of insanity is doing the same thing again and again, expecting a different result.

The North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park would be perfect for the wolves. No ranchers, no cows and lots of mule deer. Is that too sensible of a solution?? Of course people have been calling for this for years but sadly it’s fallen on deaf ears.

This appeared in the Albuquerque Journal

Wolf Will Live, But Maybe Not In Wild

By on Thu, Aug 16, 2012

LAS CRUCES – Conservationists were thrilled when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last week rescinded a two-day-old order to kill a Mexican gray wolf blamed for killing four cattle in recent months, but they continue to press federal officials to let the wolf remain in the wild.

Michael Robinson of the Center for Biological Diversity said removing the Fox Mountain pack’s alpha female, the mother of at least four pups, is bad policy for a recovery project that has only 58 wolves in the wild in southeast Arizona and southwest New Mexico.

Fish and Wildlife’s acting regional director rescinded the kill order on Aug. 10 after the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center in Scottsdale, Ariz., stepped forward and offered to house the alpha female for the rest of her life.

Service spokesman Tom Buckley said the agency would not change course and allow the wolf to remain in the wild, despite the ongoing public pressure.

Before the first release of wolves in a national forest in Arizona in 1998, federal officials projected there would be 100 wolves in the wild by the end of 2006. However, illegal shootings and strict management of cattle-killing wolves have slowed the population’s growth.

Removal, Robinson said, “will have the same results ecologically on the wolves that are remaining as if they killed her.”

The Fish and Wildlife Service’s regional office in Albuquerque was inundated by hundreds of phone calls and emails protesting the Aug. 8 kill order, the first such order issued by the Service in four years. Killing the wolf, advocates said, would decrease the wolf pups’ chances for survival.

Federal agents on Wednesday afternoon were continuing the efforts they started last week to capture the Fox Mountain alpha female.




Don’t give up on her. We need increased pressure on USFWS to do the right thing!!


US Fish and Wildlife Service Southwest Regional Office: 505-761-4748 or 505-363-2797

USFSW Regional Director Tuggle:

White House (202) 456-1111

Senator Tom Udall (202) 224-6621, (505) 988-6511 or (505) 346-6791

Senator Jeff Bingaman (202) 224-5521 or 1-800-443-8658

Congressman Ben Ray Luján (505) 984-8950 or (202) 225-6190

Congressman Martin Heinrich (505) 346-6781 or (202) 225-6316


Photo: National Geographic Photo by Joel Sartore

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Mexican Gray Wolf

Tags:  Keep her wild, no legholds, retire grazing leases, remove cows near den site, Fox Mountain Alpha Mother, USFWS, Dr. Tuggle

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11 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Nabeki, I cannot add one intelligent word to what you have already written. You have it so right and I hope they can feel our anger through your words..


  2. The ranchers have it all in their side, once again. I agree with you, this female must be kept free, there is so much at stake. I am angry, disappointed, but keep on calling senators and representatives.




  4. This sad and sorry situation overseen by Mr. Salazar is being echoed with the wild mustangs. Cattle interests are terrorizing the wild things on tax payer’s public lands.
    Very troubling to say the least.


  5. When you call the Senators or Congressmen, tell them, if you have, that you quit eating beef. Beef farmers have been hit hard by the drought and 50% of the corn is going to ethanol. So far, in the Midwest, Obama is showing no mercy for cutting back on corn for fuel.


  6. This entire family needs to stay together and be relocated. The problem is that you have political ignornace concerning wild life winning over scentific fact. There is the good ole boy mentality to slaughter everything they consider vermon. The only way to stop this rampage on wildlife if to NOT VOTE for those that support such bills.


    • Please tell me who does not support this? So far as I know, each political party is disgusting! They are all in the pockets of the ranchers and yes, you are right; the gold old boy mentality is everlasting and winning. WHO to vote for is the question, and it isn’t easy this time; not at all. The Republicans have a bad history, but this Democratic party with Salazar is as bad, if not worse, than the Republicans. WHO????


  7. es triste de verdad la hembra merece estar con sus hijos y en su territorio realmente los ganaderos son los invasores no los lobos y es verdad se puede mover el ganado a otro lugar


  8. Keep her free and safe along with her family.
    stop cattle and humans from intruding in their land.


  9. I wish they would leave the poor Wolves alone!


  10. If Obama continues this with Salazar he has lost critical votes, and he needs all he can get, I will keep calling.They must act like dems and leave these wolves alone.


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