Speak out for the wolf in Texas with your message to the US Fish and Wildlife Service

 

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Mexican wolves in Texas survive only in zoos while hundreds of square miles of wolf habitat are available as reintroduction sites if only government officials would get their acts together.   

Act before midnight on June 15

THE CURRENT SCOPING PERIOD ENDS ON JUNE 15. ASK THAT THE US FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE INCLUDE AREAS IN TEXAS AS PART OF THE RECOVERY PLAN.  

SUBMIT COMMENTS BEFORE JUNE 15, 2020

Comments can be submitted electronically at https://beta.regulations.gov/document/FWS-R2-ES-2020-0007-0001  Follow the instructions for submitting comments to Docket No. FWS-R2-ES-2020-0007, which is the docket number for this Notice of Intent. Hard copy comments can be submitted by U.S. mail or hand-delivery to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-R2-ES-2020-0007 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS: PRB/PERMA (JAO/1N), 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041–3803. Comments must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET on June 15, 2020.

On March 31, 2018, the District Court of Arizona determined that the US Fish and Wildlife Service Final Rule of 2015 failed to further the long-term conservation and recovery of the Mexican wolf.  Today the Service is under a court-ordered deadline to address the remanded issues in a new revised rule by May 1, 2021. Texas wolf advocates are encouraged to ask the US Fish and Wildlife Service to include areas in Texas as part of the recovery plan. The deadline to comment is June 15.

Areas believed to have sufficient prey base to support a small population of wolves, pending a comprehensive reintroduction study, include Guadalupe Mountains National Park and surrounding National Forest and BLM lands, protected lands in the Davis Mountains and the Big Bend Ranch State Park and Big Bend National Park areas. Many of these areas are currently under tremendous ecological pressure from exotic species like feral hogs and aoudads. Bringing back the wolf to Texas could help control these species much more economically than methods like helicopter hunts currently being used by Texas Parks and Wildlife. Wolves can also be controlled to stay away from livestock areas using satellite tracking.

The next step for the wolf in Texas is to assemble a team of biologists to survey habitat in West Texas that can support wolves. During this survey the US Fish and Wildlife Service and Texas Parks and Wildlife should meet with stakeholders who raise livestock near these areas to help identify livestock safe zones.  Livestock safe zones are land areas where wolves will not be allowed to live.  Buffer zones will be identified as wolf management zones where wolves may roam, but if they stay in these areas and do not move back to wolf reserves, they would be removed from the wild.

After meeting with stakeholders and identifying potential habitat, the USFW and TPWD should assemble a team of satellite tracking experts to put together a plan to monitor and control wolves with satellite collars that can inject wolves with tranquilizers if they move away from reintroduction areas.

Comments can be submitted electronically at https://beta.regulations.gov/. Follow the instructions for submitting comments to Docket No. FWS-R2-ES-2020-0007, which is the docket number for this Notice of Intent. In your comments ask that the US Fish and Wildlife Service include areas in Texas as part of the recovery plan.

Mexican wolf advocates who support efforts to come up with a plan to reintroduce the Mexican wolf to Texas have a great opportunity to express their support during the current scoping period.   The Texas Wolf Pack encourages you to speak out on behalf of the wolf by letting the US Fish and Wildlife Service know that over 25,000 people in El Paso have either signed letters that have been mailed to Texas Parks and Wildlife or have signed an online petition to help save the Mexican wolf by encouraging Texas Parks and Wildlife to help reintroduce wild wolves to Texas.  No other Texas city has demonstrated as much support for helping to save this critically endangered species as El Paso.  Now is the time to make room for the return of the wolf to Texas!

TO LEARN MORE CHECK OUT THESE TWO PAGES OF INFORMATION.

Returning the wolf to the wilds of Texas: Ecological and Economic Benefits
Return the Wolf to Texas Education Initiative

U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE PRESS RELEASE

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is soliciting input from the public as it begins preparing a supplemental environmental impact statement (sEIS) on its 2015 revision to the nonessential experimental population of Mexican wolf. The scoping process gives citizens an opportunity to provide input on the range of issues that will be addressed in the sEIS.

On March 31, 2018, the District Court of Arizona remanded portions of the 2015 final rule to revise the designation of the Mexican Wolf Experimental Population Area in Arizona and New Mexico. The ruling directs the Service to redress several components of the rule to ensure the experimental population contributes to long-term Mexican wolf conservation and recovery. To comply with the remand, the Service must publish a revised, final rule by May 1, 2021. The geographic boundaries of the experimental population will not be altered by this action.

The Service is collaborating with states, tribes and other stakeholders to conserve and recover the Mexican wolf. Using science-based efforts, the partners can achieve recovery for the species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and work towards future management by the states and tribes.

“The public scoping process is an important step in informing interested parties and gathering their input,” said Brady McGee, Mexican Wolf Recovery Coordinator. “Their comments will help us refine the scope of the supplemental EIS and identify significant issues to be analyzed in depth.”

Nonessential experimental populations are designated under section 10(j) of the ESA as a means to reintroduce a listed species to part of its former range without imposing all the restrictions the ESA mandates in other areas where the species occurs.

Revising the 2015 rule requires a reanalysis of specific aspects of the 2014 Environment Impact Statement for the Proposed Revision to the Regulations for the Nonessential Experimental Population of the Mexican Wolf (Canis lupus baileyi). The Service tomorrow will publish a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare the draft sEIS and conduct public scoping in the Federal Register, in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act. The Service will be working with its partners and other cooperating agencies on the EIS supplement.

The NOI initiates a 60-day comment period for the public to review and comment on any of the topics to be addressed in the EIS supplement. The NOI will be available at https://www.fws.gov/southwest/es/mexicanwolf/listing10j.html.

Comments can be submitted electronically at http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments to Docket No. FWS-R2-ES-2020-0007, which is the docket number for this Notice of Intent. Hard copy comments can be submitted by U.S. mail or hand-delivery to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-R2-ES-2020-0007 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS: PRB/PERMA (JAO/1N), 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041–3803. Comments must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET on June 15, 2020.

For more on the Mexican Wolf Recovery Program, visit the Mexican wolf website: https://www.fws.gov/southwest/es/mexicanwolf/.

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SUBMIT COMMENTS BEFORE JUNE 15, 2020

Comments can be submitted electronically at https://beta.regulations.gov/document/FWS-R2-ES-2020-0007-0001  Follow the instructions for submitting comments to Docket No. FWS-R2-ES-2020-0007, which is the docket number for this Notice of Intent. Hard copy comments can be submitted by U.S. mail or hand-delivery to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-R2-ES-2020-0007 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS: PRB/PERMA (JAO/1N), 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041–3803. Comments must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET on June 15, 2020.