Letter: Sen. Flake driving Mexican Gray Wolf to extinction

Senator Jeff Flake has introduced legislation that will drive the Mexican gray wolf (the Lobo) to extinction.

The bill replaces the science-based process outlined in the Endangered Species Act for deciding when an endangered species has recovered with decision-making by the livestock industry, anti-wolf hunting groups, and the anti-wolf game departments of Arizona and New Mexico.

The decision to take wolves off the protected list would be exempt from judicial review, thus undermining the checks and balances system.

A politically-based cap on the number of wolves would be implemented with any wolves over that number removed and most likely killed. Wolves would be confined to a small area and not be allowed north of I-40 into the Grand Canyon region where scientists say they need to inhabit in order to recover. According to scientists, 750 wolves in at least three populations spread across the Southwest are needed for the species to survive in the wild.

The Endangered Species Act is guided by science not politics. A majority of voters in the U.S. support the act and the recovery of the critically-endangered Mexican gray wolf.

Please call Senator Flake today and tell him to abandon this bill, ensure that Arizona keeps its promise not to block releases of captive-bred lobos that add to the genetic diversity and survivability of the species and not to introduce any similar legislation as a sneaky rider on other bills.

D. Zachary

Hackberry AZ