Thank god, we’ve all waited for this news! Salazar is leaving the Interior and heading home to Colorado in March! The wolves will be howling tonight. Salazar has been the worst Interior Secretary EVER. James Watt couldn’t hold a candle to him and that’s saying something.
He and Obama together have delisted wolves twice in the NRM AND recently delisted wolves in the Great Lakes, causing untold wolf suffering in both parts of the country. Our rancher Interior Secretary announced last year he’d like to see grizzlies delisted by 2014. So all I have to say to Ken Salazar is GOOD RIDDANCE!!
Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-AZ, is the right choice to be our next Interior Secretary. His record on the environment stands for itself. Not only would his selection be right for all America’s wildlife and wild places but he actually cares about wolves. When the Fox Mountain alpha female was being threatened with removal from her family and pack, Rep. Grijalva personally wrote to USFWS Regional Southwest Director, Benjamin Tuggle, on behalf of this highly endangered and beleaguered Mexican gray wolf.
Congressman Grijalva Sends Letter to Director Tuggle of the Fish and Wildlife Service
Arizona Congressman Speaks Up in Support of Mexican Gray Wolves, August 16, 2012 (posted 08/23/12)
Arizona Congressman, Raul Grijalva, responded to his constituents concerns about the planned removal of the Fox Mountain alpha female. In his letter to U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s Southwest Regional Director, Dr. Benjamin Tuggle, Congressman Grijalva expresses “serious concerns about the ecological impacts of permanently removing this wolf”.
Here are a few more excerpts from his letter:
“There are few wild wolves in this area. Leaving them in place is critical for their recovery.”
“I am concerned that her removal could result in death or injury for her, her pups, or other adults in the pack.”
“If the Service feels it needs to remove the Fox Mountain alpha female, it should refrain from doing so until it has a solid plan in place to release more wolves.”
“I am concerned that the Service is removing wolves without a plan to enhance the overall population.”
You can read the complete letter here.
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