The Center for Biological Diversity is at it Again.

Here we go again. I thought some of you might want to add your two cents. Log on and give ’em “what for.” — jtl, 419

For Immediate Release, October 2, 2013

Contact: Michael Robinson, (575) 313-7017

Wolf Supporters  to Hold “Citizens’ Online Hearing” and Rally in Albuquerque to Support Keeping  Protections for Gray Wolves

Undeterred by Government Shutdown, Cancellation  of Official Hearing

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—  In the wake of the shutdown of federal offices, citizens  will hold their own public hearing Friday on changes to management of Mexican  gray wolves in the Southwest, and removal of all Endangered Species Act  protections from gray wolves across the rest of the contiguous United States. Organizers  of the “citizens’ online hearing” will set up laptop computers for participants  to submit comments directly to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The 6 p.m.  hearing in Albuquerque will be preceded by a 5 p.m. “Save the Lobo rally.

“People from all walks of life, urban and  rural, young and old, want to testify in support of more protections for wolves  — not fewer,” said Michael Robinson, a wolf advocate with the Center for  Biological Diversity. “Though the government’s cancelling, the public will not  be stopped from testifying.”

At the  citizens’ online hearing, the public will still be able to comment on the Fish  and Wildlife Service’s disastrous proposal to remove protections for wolves nationwide,  as well as make some needed changes to management of Mexican gray wolves, which  given their highly precarious status are slated to retain protection. These  changes include expanding the area in which Mexican wolves can roam and  allowing direct release into New Mexico.

Although  some of the changes on Mexican gray wolves are a step forward, conservationists  are concerned that others will compromise the wolves’ recovery. Ranchers  leasing public lands will still be allowed to leave rotting carcasses of  non-wolf-killed livestock in open fields, where wolves can sniff them out and  feed on them and then be trapped or shot in punishment. Such conflicts recur on  a handful of public- and private-land ranches and end up breaking up wolf  families and undermining recovery. They also vex neighboring ranchers who  exercise greater responsibility yet still suffer depredations because of wolves  that first became habituated to livestock because of the carcasses.

Conservationists  also are concerned that the Fish and Wildlife Service would commit to trapping  any Mexican wolf that ranges north of Interstate 40, keeping the wolves from  reaching suitable habitat needed for recovery in the Grand Canyon ecosystem and  northern New Mexico.

“If it passes  this proposed rule, the Fish and Wildlife Service will be walking away from our  country’s wild wolves far, far too soon — abandoning 40 years of wolf recovery.  We need to keep protections for wolves across the country, and we need to make  sure no changes are made, here in the Southwest, that will let even a single  Mexican gray wolf be shot or cruelly trapped unnecessarily,” said Robinson. “The  American public overwhelmingly supports wolf recovery, and people from around  the country will be in Albuquerque on Friday to tell the Obama administration  to keep protections for wolves.”

The  rally (5 p.m.) and the on-line hearing (6 p.m.) will take place on Friday at  the Embassy Suites, 1000 Woodward Place NE, Albuquerque, N.M.

The Save  the Lobo rally will include informative and inspirational speakers on the need  for continued protection of wolves. They will include Michael Robinson, who in  addition to being a long-time wolf advocate with the Center is the author of a  well-received book on the history of federal efforts to exterminate wolves; David  R. Parsons, a wildlife biologist who formerly led the Fish and Wildlife  Service’s Mexican wolf recovery program; Dave Foreman, a well-known activist,  speaker and writer on matters involving wilderness and humanity; Jean Ossorio,  a retired schoolteacher who has been rewarded for her weeks camping in the wild  with 43 sightings since 1999 of elusive, wild Mexican wolves; and Maggie  Howell, executive director of the Wolf Conservation Center in New York, which  helps to raise the captive Mexican wolves eligible for release into the wild.

The Center for Biological  Diversity is working on this event with Animal Protection of New Mexico,  ConservAmerica, Conservation Voters New Mexico, Defenders of Wildlife, Grand  Canyon Wildlands Council, Great Old Broads for Wilderness, New Mexico  Wilderness Alliance, Sierra Club, Southwest Environmental Center, The Rewilding  Institute,The Wildlands Network, Western Watersheds Project, Western Wildlife  Conservancy, White Mountain Conservation League, WildEarth Guardians and Wolf  Conservation Center.

The  Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation  organization with more than 625,000 members and online activists dedicated to  the protection of endangered species and wild places.


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1 Response to The Center for Biological Diversity is at it Again.

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