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New Mexico abandons efforts to save Mexican Gray Wolf.

Posted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 9:37 pm
by Canidae
New Mexico's Game Commission on Thursday night voted to stop assisting the federal effort to restore Mexican gray wolves in the Southwest, the latest step by new Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's administration to reverse her state's green course.

Martinez appointed four new members to the six-member commission. Its vote is expected to have a mainly symbolic impact in the beleaguered attempt to reintroduce the wolf, which was once endemic to the state before government trapping pushed it to the brink of extinction.

Federal biologists supervising the reintroduction have found less than 50 wolves in both New Mexico and Arizona after the species was returned to the region in the late 1990s. Martinez's Democratic predecessor, Bill Richardson, ordered an end to government trapping of the wolves in 2007.

The state's Fish and Game Department is still required to conduct surveys of the wolves and protect them as an endangered species. The state has spent only $1.9 million on the program since 1999, with most of that paid by the federal government, and dedicated two employees to it.

Ranching groups, who complained the predators damaged their cattle and threatened children, were cheered. “It shows support for the rural industries that are under siege right now," said Laura Schneberger, president of the Gila Livestock Growers Assn. “But I don’t know how it will affect us immediately.”

Environmental groups were outraged. "New Mexico's governor sided with an intransigent, wolf-hating livestock industry," said Michael Robinson of the Center for Biological Diversity.

Republicans in Congress have separately proposed legislation to end the wolf re-introduction program, following their successful attempts to end federal supervision of the gray wolf in the northern Rockies.

Martinez has made a point of distancing herself from Richardson's environmental record, which she contended hurt business.

Shortly after taking office this winter, Martinez removed all members of an environmental board which formulated rules limiting emissions. She also overturned regulations that required a 3% cut in industrial greenhouse gas emissions and regulated waste on dairy farms, though the state Supreme Court later overturned those moves, ruling Martinez exceeded her power.

Source: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greensp ... enspace%29



This is horrible. I am greatly ashamed to call myself a New Mexican.

I want to know what will happen with the Mexican gray wolves that we currently have here. Is this a death sentence? Will they simply allow the wolves to die out here, whether by natural causes or (more likely) at the hands of poachers? Or will they somehow relocate the wolves to Arizona?

Regardless, this assures that the Mexican gray wolf no longer has a future in New Mexico. If Arizona follows New Mexico's lead, then the entire program will have failed. And I thought the program was about to get much better, too...

Re: New Mexico abandons efforts to save Mexican Gray Wolf.

Posted: Sat Jun 11, 2011 1:16 am
by Blightwolf
This is awful news. And irresponsible. What are the chances of revitalizing the Mexican gray populations if New Mexico decides something like this? This is a major step backwards on the reintroduction program. :|

Re: New Mexico abandons efforts to save Mexican Gray Wolf.

Posted: Sat Jun 11, 2011 2:07 am
by Canidae
The chances basically just halved. And with the huge wildfire burning in Arizona, very close to where the Mexican gray wolves are, I'd say it's a real possibility that this entire program might end within only a few weeks or months.

What happens after that, I don't know.

Re: New Mexico abandons efforts to save Mexican Gray Wolf.

Posted: Sat Jun 11, 2011 9:11 am
by Koa
..this is terrible. I don't think the program will last long, either. There is such a small amount of wolves and a whole lot of things, like you listed, that can happen to them. I wish there was a different "future" for these wolves, but I don't think it will be a very positive one.

Re: New Mexico abandons efforts to save Mexican Gray Wolf.

Posted: Sat Jun 11, 2011 1:05 pm
by safren
This is terrible, without the state's efforts, the Mexican Gray Wolf could easily go extinct. Especially since the Arizona fire is crossing the New Mexican border, I also don't think the program will last very long.

Re: New Mexico abandons efforts to save Mexican Gray Wolf.

Posted: Sat Jun 11, 2011 11:40 pm
by orangeonfire
New Mexico's decision is indeed a disappointing blow to the Mexican Grey Wolf program, but I don't think they'll start transferring wolves to Arizona yet. As the article states, the wolves are still under protection as an endangered species. New Mexico has just tossed their commissioning and funding responsibilities over into federal control. We can only wait and hope Arizona doesn't follow in their stride. :c

Re: New Mexico abandons efforts to save Mexican Gray Wolf.

Posted: Sun Jun 12, 2011 10:55 am
by Grin
This is horrible news. I'm in Arizona, so I hope that we don't follow in New Mexico's footsteps either. I heard that there are about five packs in this state who have around fifty individuals in total. It would be a shame to see them left unprotected.

Re: New Mexico abandons efforts to save Mexican Gray Wolf.

Posted: Sun Jun 12, 2011 4:02 pm
by greatninjawolf
all hope is lost for the grey wolves in new mexico :(

Re: New Mexico abandons efforts to save Mexican Gray Wolf.

Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2011 2:31 am
by wolfoflegend
Aw man, that's sad. Only 50? ...The mexican gray wolf used to be one of my favorites. T.T Now it will be.

Re: New Mexico abandons efforts to save Mexican Gray Wolf.

Posted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 7:59 pm
by jaguartail
This is terrible news and in my opinion directly says that new mexico's governor is a clueless idiot who cheers at animal extinction. While wolves are not in danger of extinction overall, they are in the southwestern U.S. . I do hope the wolves in New Mexico are not eliminated, and that Arizona does not follow in its footsteps. New Mexico honestly does not know what it is doing, and has taken steps toward eliminating wolf populations in New Mexico, Arizona, and their bordering states. While this would not put the world's wolf population in danger of reaching 0, it would decrease it siginificantly, and likely get wolves beyond the 'least concern' area of the endangered species list.

Re: New Mexico abandons efforts to save Mexican Gray Wolf.

Posted: Wed Jun 22, 2011 12:50 pm
by NewMooon
The Mexican Gray wolf is one of my favorite wolves. With less than 50 left, they could very easily become extinct. Hope fully they wiill begin to become restored to the southern US.

Re: New Mexico abandons efforts to save Mexican Gray Wolf.

Posted: Mon Jul 18, 2011 3:56 pm
by melrox
It's sad to see people give up on such beautiful animals like the wolf

Re: New Mexico abandons efforts to save Mexican Gray Wolf.

Posted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 12:45 am
by Legendary-Taco
Wow, this is quite unfortunate to hear. I do hope that the Mexican Gray Wolf can hold up.

Re: New Mexico abandons efforts to save Mexican Gray Wolf.

Posted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 9:20 am
by Toralu
This is horrible news. I just hope the Mexican Wolves can hold up.

Re: New Mexico abandons efforts to save Mexican Gray Wolf.

Posted: Sun Sep 04, 2011 5:43 pm
by wolfgirl411
Terrible x.x :(