12 December 2011 Southwest Wolves in the News Posted by: James Navarro | Leave a comment | Share: Smaller and lighter than their cousins in the Northern Rockies, only 50 Mexican wolves survive in the Southwest. The Arizona Game and Fish Commission’s Dec. 2 decision to withhold support for new lobo releases in Ariz. kicked up a flurry of news stories over the weekend. Checkout some of the coverage featuring interviews with Defenders’ Mexican gray wolf expert, Eva Sargent. Associated Press correspondent Susan Montoya Bryan filed a fascinating report from the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico, where Mexican wolves reared in captivity await release into the wild. According to Eva, releases of new wolves into the wild will help to strengthen the population’s gene pool and better the chances of recovery. The Albuquerque Journal also reported on this commission’s decision over the weekend, landing an interesting interview with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spokesperson, Charna Lofton, who underscored the need more wolves on the ground: “‘We recognize that the (Arizona) Commission has a different view from ours with respect to the release of wolves. But given the low number of wolves in the wild, we believe it’s necessary for wolf recovery… We do need to get more wolves on the ground, that’s the bottom line,’” the Journal reported. Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up Helicopter gunning kills 23 wolves in Idaho; Urge Secretary Jewell to abandon gray wolf delisting proposal — Call your representative by March 14; Washington wildlife agency urged to end support for abolishing federal wolf protections; The latest on Governor Otter’s wolf control board. Two Too Many Development Projects in the Ivanpah Valley While these projects most definitely directly impact a species that has been identified as threatened and is dependent on the habitat where they would be built, Silver State South and Stateline’s approval is most troubling for a bigger reason. You see, this isn’t just an issue for the Ivanpah Valley. Developers and agencies need to be conscious of how and where they plan energy projects all across the country. They need to look at renewable energy planning with a landscape-wide lens, understanding that building in the right places and making an effort to minimize environmental impacts from the start are essential. California’s Rim Fire: Opportunities Rise from the Ashes After California’s devastating Rim Fire, will officials take the opportunity to give nature a chance to fully recover?