JOURNAL STAFF writer Sue Small’s excellent piece July 1 on the Endangered Species Act being under attack couldn’t be more timely. The ESA was crafted by forward-thinking, bipartisan legislators. Why? Because the public demanded it. In recent years, there have been numerous attempts to weaken and destroy this incredible piece of legislation, which has protected so much of our wildlife.
A good example is the latest sportsman’s act, Senate Bill 1514, titled The Hunting Heritage and Environmental Legacy Preservation (HELP) for Wildlife Act. Despite this lofty title, this bill carries a rider that would remove ESA protection for Wyoming and Great Lakes wolves.
Why should you care? Because our Lobo may very well be next! (This) week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (is holding) public meetings in Arizona and New Mexico outlining its proposed draft of the long-awaited recovery plan for the Mexican wolf. Besides once again not following the best science, the service plans to give the states control over wolf releases. Not only have the Arizona and New Mexico game commissions worked to foil Mexican wolf recovery at every turn, when they were put in charge once previously, the population plummeted to 46 animals.
To learn more, attend a meeting in … Albuquerque June 22 (at the) Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2 p.m. Info rooms will be available prior to (the) meeting. Official comments can be made on the USFWS website. For info, go to mexicanwolves.org.
We the public must demand again, and call on our Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich to continue their strong leadership in protecting our wildlife and wild places here in New Mexico, and fight to protect the Endangered Species Act.