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endangered species programs; rescission; reimbursement

Our Position: oppose
Bill Number: HB2699
Sponsor: Thorpe, Stevens: Gowan, et al.
Legislative Session: 2014 Legislative Session

Mexican wolf pup

HB2699 endangered species programs; rescission; reimbursement (Thorpe, Stevens: Gowan, et al.) contains some outrageous and inaccurate information about wolves and is contrary to the provisions in the Endangered Species Act to promote the recovery of imperiled species.

HB2699 directs the Arizona Attorney General to obtain money from the federal government to reimburse the livestock industry for any losses or "diminution in value" of property due to Mexican gray wolves. It goes on to say that if the federal government does not enter into land use agreements to pay people for any real or perceived losses within six months of the bill becoming law, then the Legislature will consider enacting legislation to prohibit Arizona's continued participation in the Mexican Wolf Recovery Program and require that the federal government remove all wolves from state or private land. It treats wolves as if they did not belong in Arizona.

Mexican gray wolves and other endangered species are strongly supported by the public – recent polling shows 77 percent of Arizona voters support the Mexican wolf reintroduction.

Recovery of endangered species such as wolves helps to generate economic benefits - a University of Montana study found that visitors who come to see wolves in Yellowstone National Park contribute roughly $35.5 million annually to the regional economy.    

Bills such as HB2699 merely make the case for more involvement of federal agencies relative to species recovery, not less, and make the clear case on why we need a strong and well-enforced Endangered Species Act.


05/05/2014 - Governor Brewer vetoed it!

Action Needed

You can contact Governor Brewer by calling her at (602) 542-4331 or toll free at 1-(800) 253-0883. 

More information

To read the bill, click on HB2699.


Please contact Sandy Bahr at 602-253-8633 or sandy.bahr@sierraclub.org for more information.

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