Chatting with Chad (3)

“To conserve, regulate, propagate and protect the wildlife and fish within the state of New Mexico using a flexible management system that ensures sustainable use for public food supply, recreation and safety…” This is, in part, the mission of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. They were following through on that mission when they recently denied the United States Fish and Wildlife Service’s request to release a mating pair of wolves with pups, and up to 10 additional pups for cross-fostering, within the bounds of the Gila National Forest. The Commissioners rightly noted that the USFWS has not provided them with an updated recovery plan describing goals for the program, especially as it relates to population numbers. Without this plan how will the USFWS know when they have attained their goal? How many times will they come back requesting that the NMDGF permit more wolf releases? How many wolves is enough? Until the USFWS provides a plan for recovery, the Game Commissioners are on solid legal footing to deny more releases. We thank you for your decision to stand on science rather than cave to a very vocal, and sometimes threatening minority.