MEXICO GAME COMMISSIONERS TO WITHDRAW INVOLVEMENT IN MEXICAN
Presence at Hearing on Friday, March 29, 2003 Could Help
the Commission to Stay the Course
Mexico Game Commission has scheduled a discussion of Mexican
gray wolf reintroduction for March 29th in Socorro, N.M.,
apparently in response to some commissioners' opposition to
wolf recovery. The Commission may take action at this meeting,
possibly voting to withdraw from cooperation with the federal
led recovery program.
Game and Fish Department, which is overseen by the Commission,
has one biologist assigned to the program. Three quarters
of his salary is paid by the federal government.
would send a signal to the Bush Administration that the program
lacks the state's official support. The livestock industry
is pulling out all the stops to prevent upcoming reforms in
the program, including direct release of wolves from the captive
population into the Gila National Forest.
consider setting aside Friday, March 29 to testify in favor
of New Mexico staying part of the Mexican wolf recovery program!
Game Commissioners held a hearing last May to prepare to withdraw
from the program, but backed off of that course in the face
of public testimony that was overwhelmingly supportive of
is at New Mexico Tech's Macey Center, 801 Leroy, Socorro,
beginning at 9:00 a.m. on March 29. This is the 15th agenda
item. HOWEVER, it is common for the Commission to change the
order of the agenda at the meeting's beginning, so to ensure
the ability to testify you should count on being there at
9:00 am and staying till 4:30 pm -- with the possibility of
leaving earlier. Or, if necessary, you can risk being late
and plan to arrive later in the day.
Wolf action alert