AZGFD Submits Comments on Federal Draft Mexican Wolf Recovery Plan
PHOENIX, Ariz. -(Ammoland.com)- The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) today submitted its official comments on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) draft Mexican wolf recovery plan which, when finalized, will outline a science-based strategy for continuing the successful reintroduction of Mexican wolves in its historic range.
The FWS developed the draft recovery plan to replace the outdated 1982 plan. The updated plan was done in collaboration with state wildlife agencies in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado; independent scientists from universities in the U.S. and Mexico; nongovernmental organizations and members of the 2010-13 Science and Planning Team.
The updated draft plan released in June continues to build upon the successful recovery program, which has seen the Mexican wolf population more than double since 2009 to at least 113 wolves in the wild.
“This draft Mexican wolf recovery plan is the product of years of collaboration and coordination with federal agencies in Mexico, independent and university wolf experts, as well as state, federal and tribal agencies in the U.S.,” AZGFD Assistant Director Jim deVos wrote in a letter to the FWS. “The Arizona Game and Fish Department is committed to continue …Read the Rest