September 28, 2012
It was a dark week in Washington state where six wolves from the Wedge Pack were killed in three days including the alpha female. Yesterday, the alpha male was killed by a sharpshooter from a helicopter. It is not known what happened to the pups.
The death of the alpha pair and four adult wolves ends the Wedge Wolf Pack in Washington.
Washington killed the Wedge Pack because of 17 accused attacks on cows at the nearby Diamond M Ranch. Now there are only seven confirmed packs left in the remote, rugged forests of northeast Washington.
Here in the Southwest, let us not follow the mistakes and senseless killing that now plagues recovery in the Northern Rockies.
Let us stand firm that the removal or killing of critically endangered wolves is NOT a solution to livestock conflicts.
New Mexico state officials implemented a kill order for the alpha female of the Fox Mountain wolf pack because of “livestock depredation” but your calls and e-mails flooded the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) office and they withdrew the order to kill her.
You proved citizen action works! In the past few weeks, news stories, editorials, and guest columns about the Fox Mountain pack’s plight have appeared in the press all over the country. The public outcry on behalf of these critically endangered wolves can not be ignored.
Public support helped U.S. Congressman Grijalva send the USFWS a letter expressing strong concerns about plans to take the Fox Mountain alpha female from her family and place her in permanent captivity. The Fox Mountain alpha female should not live her life in the prison of captivity.
As long as she continues to run free there is hope to save her from a life in captivity. We need to keep the pressure on. Keep your voices loud and strong for the Fox Mountain alpha, one of only 58 wolves left in the Southwest.
Contact Regional Director Dr. Ben Tuggle directly and make it clear that the Fox Mountain alpha female should be free!
PHONE: 505-248-6920 or SEND A FREE FAX
Here are three key points to make when you call or fax:
1. The Fox Mountain alpha female should be left in the wild
Wolves are social animals that rely on family members in hunting and pup rearing. Trapping or darting this wolf, and removing her forever, will likely have the same effect on her family as killing her. And it will set us back to the policy of scapegoating wolves who occasionally prey on livestock — even when, as in this instance, the stock-owner is reimbursed.
2. The US Fish and Wildlife Service should release many more wolves, not remove them.
At last count, just 58 wolves including six breeding pairs survive in the wild. If the USFWS is truly concerned about the growth of the population and its genetic health, the answer is more releases of captive wolves, not more wild wolves placed in captivity. Instead of removing this mother from her pups and mate, the Service needs to focus on expediting releases of many more wolves from captivity to strengthen the wild population.
3. Removing or killing critically endangered Mexican gray wolves is not the solution to livestock conflicts.