2009 January : Arizona Hunting Today

Statement on USFWS Plans to Introduce More Mexican Gray Wolves in the Southwest

January 24, 2009

Contact: David Almasi at (202) 543-4110 or dalmasi@nationalcenter.org

R.J. Smith, Senior Fellow, The National Center for Public Policy Research

Washington, DC - For a quarter of a century the controversial program to repopulate the Southwest with Mexican Gray Wolves has created a constant political struggle in New Mexico and Arizona. There were very good reasons why the early settlers across the West and the local, state and federal governments cooperated in eliminating the wolves. The large numbers of wolves made cattle and sheep ranching nearly impossible with their constant depredations on the livestock and they also threatened family dogs and even children. Read more