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AZ Game and Fish Division supports delisting Mexican gray wolves

[large thumbnail url=”az-game-and-fish-division-supports-delisting-mexican-gray-wolves” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”12″ day=”06″] [thumbnail icon url=”az-game-and-fish-division-supports-delisting-mexican-gray-wolvesly” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”12″ day=”06″] The Arizona Game and Fish Division has decided that they are in favor of delisting Mexican gray wolves, claiming it will “break the gridlock” surrounding the reintroduction process. This would, in the opinion of HOWLColorado, be devastating to the success of the reintroduction program, removing protections from one of the most endangered species in the world.

After a lengthy meeting, the Arizona Game and Fish Commission today voted 4-1 to support Congressional actions to delist the gray wolf from protection under the Endangered Species Act.

The Commission sees this as an opportunity to break through the gridlock in the Mexican gray wolf reintroduction program and welcomes the opportunity to manage this important species.

The Commission desires to work with every stakeholder, and all who are willing to come to the table to negotiate and seek solutions to issues. Local governments, sportsmen, livestock operators, and environmentalists have all reiterated support for Mexican gray wolf conservation in Arizona, as does the Commission.

To learn about the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s role in the Mexican gray wolf reintroduction, visit www.azgfd.gov/wolf.

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