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Our Position: oppose
Bill Number: HCM2002
Sponsor: JP Weiers, Ash, Fann, et al
Legislative Session: 2011 Legislative Session

Mexican gray wolf by Robin SilverHCM2002 asks the U.S. Congress to act immediately to remove protections for these endangered wolves under the Endangered Species Act.

HCM2002 contains inaccurate and misleading information, not the least of which is the assertion that “. . . efforts to recover the Mexican gray wolf have failed, brought on by delays in federal decision making over virtually all aspects of Mexican gray wolf recovery that are due in part to litigation filed by special interest organizations such as the Center for Biological Diversity, WildEarth Guardians and Rewilding Institute.” 

First of all, the efforts have not failed.  Recovering an extirpated species is a challenge – it is always best to act to protect species while there are still wild populations to be sustained.  Sometimes, we do not act quickly enough, however.  In those cases, and in the case of Mexican gray wolf, we have a moral obligation as well as a legal obligation under the Endangered Species Act, to take actions to reintroduce and recover the species.

Mexican gray wolves have not struggled to recover because of the delays for litigation from the Center for Biological Diversity and others.  They have struggled because of policies that required aggressive wolf removal.

There are additional inaccuracies regarding the so called “uncontrolled management of the northern Rocky Mountain gray wolf,” including that they have decimated moose and elk herds.  There is simply no evidence whatsoever to support that.  

This request is
premature at best and at worst is a blatant attempt to conflict with the ESA determination that endangered and threatened species (and the habitats upon which they depend) require science-based management.


To view the final status of the memorial and how legislators voted, just click on HCM2002 status.

Action Needed

If your legislators voted no, please thank them.  If not, please let them know you are disappointed.  To see contact information for legislators, click on Arizona Legislators.


Sandy Bahr at sandy.bahr@sierraclub.org or (602) 253-8633.


The Mexican gray wolf is one of the most endangered mammals in North America and the most endangered subspecies of gray wolf in the world.

Just 50 Mexican gray wolves remain in the wild today in eastern Arizona and western New Mexico. While their numbers have improved modestly in the last year, they are teetering on the brink of extinction.

Mexican gray wolves have adapted to life in the wild and have learned to hunt prey, formed packs, and done what wild wolves do.  Unfortunately, the severe restrictions on wolves and the lack of an updated recovery plan have hindered their ability to thrive.  Just recently, the US Fish and Wildlife Service began the effort to update the plan and convene a recovery team of scientists. 

These wolves need our help now more than ever – we should not take away their lifeline, the safety net that is the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Thanks to this important and popular law, we still have wolves in Arizona playing their role in the ecosystem and we still have an opportunity to ensure that future generations of Arizonans will be able to see and hear wolves in the wild.


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