It’s called "Sue and Settle." Environmental groups work in close coordination with government officials. They sue the government agency to change environmental policy. The agency being sued uses "mediation" in a process to avoid a public court hearing. The lawsuit is settled for thousands of dollars, including attorney’s fees, and the environmental policy is changed. All of this is done behind closed doors. No public disclosure. No legislative involvement.
Please comment against the two issues relating to the Reintroduction of the Mexican Gray Wolf. Deadline for comments is 12/17/2013.
1) The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services (USFWS) plans to reintroduce wolves to Gila, Coconino, Navajo, and Graham counties. Comment by clicking HERE. You will see where to comment in the upper right hand corner. These wolves are an apex predator. This means that they have no fear of any other animal in the forest. A pack of wolves have killed grizzlies. They are capable of killing any animal they choose, including man.
2) The USFWS also intends to retain the "endangered" status of Mexican gray wolves. Comment by clicking HERE to object!. You will see where to comment in the upper right hand corner. If these animals are given this special protected status, it will have far reaching implications for all of us who live in the intended release area. It will affect our ability to use our own land! These animals are not pure wolves. There is DNA evidence suggesting they have mated with dogs. How can they be endangered if they are wolf hybrids?
Two public meetings have been set by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for 12/3/2013 in Pinetop.
These meeting will be preceded by a movie and Rally sponsored by Americans for Prosperity.
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Take a look at this article, and then if you and your family ever expect to enjoy the Tonto National Forest again, send your objections to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service about this city-environmentalist driven plan. 1) The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services plans to reintroduce wolves to Gila, Coconino, Navajo, and Graham counties. Comment HERE. 2) The USFWS also intends to retain the "endangered" status of Mexican gray wolves. This means you could be fined $500 if you shoot one, even while its ripping the hindquarters and intestines out of your dog, or chewing off your cat’s head…right before your children’s eyes. Comment HERE.
Deadline for comments is 12/17/2013. Two public meetings have been set for 12/3/2013 in Pinetop. Click HERE for information.
Here are some excerpts from a Nov. 7, 2013 Tucson Weekly article:.
Dean Warren has a story to tell about how Mexican Gray wolves stole one of the best parts of his life.He was on horseback on a mountain trail south of Rose Peak, in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, when four wolves attacked him and his six blue tick hounds, setting off a ferocious struggle.
“Picture 10 animals in a dogfight under your horse, and you know what I’m talking about,” says Warren, then a rancher and range deputy for the Greenlee County Sheriff’s Office.
“I’m being attacked by wolves!” he hollered into his police radio. “I need help!”
He yelled and fired shots into the air, but the wolves kept coming. The desperate brawl lasted two hours. Warren’s fighting retreat brought him to Sawmill Cabin, where he closed himself inside a barn, the animals pacing and howling outside.
Something–probably the arrival of rescuers–caused them to quit, and Warren, 62 years old at the time and a crack outdoorsman, headed home, considering himself lucky. If his horse hadn’t been accustomed to dogs, he says he could’ve been thrown to the ground and injured or killed.
But the funny part, the tragic part, the unbelievable part, is the idea of a cowboy, alone, in a death struggle with vicious animals–and what’s running through his mind, apart from not turning into wolf kibble?
“I definitely felt threatened, but I knew that if I shot those wolves, I could pay a huge fine and maybe get years in jail,” says Warren. “Hiring a lawyer would break me. I don’t have that kind of money in my hip pocket.”
Warren’s fight happened three years ago, and the news traveled quickly along the straw-hat grapevine. The facts put a chill in everybody’s day, especially the part about one wolf jumping up to put its paws on the horse’s flanks, snapping and growling.
“That scared all of us,” says Dan Groebner, supervisor of Arizona Game and Fish’s wolf field team. “Wolves aren’t supposed to behave that way.”
Dramatic as they were, the details never traveled far beyond ranch country, and probably wouldn’t have been heard if they did. For city environmentalists, the thought of the lobo howling in the wild again–the deep emotion of that concept, the romantic resonance of it–has the power to deafen, even though most probably couldn’t distinguish a wolf call from Sting.
Dean Warren was eventually driven off his land.
"The stress they caused is enormous," says Warren. "I’d be out working fences or laying pipe, and I always had that old yellow eye looking down on me. It became impossible to live ther. If it wasn’t for the major holdings people have, it’d just be picknickers and retirees left out there."
Like most ranchers, he believes that was the true purpose of wolf reintroduction–getting ranchers off public land, permanently and forever.
Adios cowboy. "That’s it partner. That’s the whole deal right there."Read more
Due to the recent federal government shutdown, the U.S. Forest and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has extended the deadline for submitting your objections to the USFWS’s plan to reintroduce wolves into several Arizona counties. The USFWS also intends to maintain the Mexican gray wolf as "endangered." The new deadline is 12/17/2013. Also, on 12/03/2013 the USFWS will hold two public meetings in Pinetop, AZ. The Public Informational Meeting will be from 3:30 – 5:00 pm, The Public Hearing will be from 6:00 – 8:30 pm. Hon-Dah Conference Center, 777 Highway 260, Pinetop (at the junction of Hwy 260 and Hwy 73). Click HERE for further details. Please attend!
Believe me, if these wolves are introduced into Gila, Coconino, Navajo, and Graham counties, livestock, wildlife, pets, humans, and the economy will be seriously, negatively affected! Click HERE and HERE for background.
There are two issues:
The first relates to the proposed changes to the Mexican wolf experimental nonessential population rule. This expands the boundaries. Comment HERE. You will see where to comment in the top right corner.
The second relates to the continued listing of Mexican gray wolves as an endangered subspecies in the Southwest. Comment HERE
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You need to know that wolves are set to be released throughout Arizona very soon… Unless we stop it. Please read U.S. Fish & Wildlife to Introduce Wolves into Gila, Navajo, Graham, and Coconino Counties. Wherever "a few wolves" have been released, they have multipled, devastating livestock, ungulates, and coyotes. They don’t prey "on the weak." They kill whatever they feel like killing. They fear nothing, and that includes people. See Life With Wolves.Read more