Cost of Mexican Wolf Recovery

[Photo from Arizona Governor’s Office]

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has issued a draft recovery plan for the Mexican Grey Wolf which inhabits parts of Mexico, Arizona, and New Mexico. You can read the entire plan here.

FWS is soliciting public comments which must be submitted before August 29th. You can comment here. Ranchers are generally against any recovery plan because Mexican Wolves prey upon sheep and cattle, see articles here.

Here is a quote from the plan:

We expect the status of the Mexican wolf to improve such that we can downlist to threatened status in approximately 16-20 years. We expect to achieve delisting criteria in approximately 25-35 years for a total estimated cost of $262,575,000. These timeframes are based on expectation of full funding, implementation as provided for in the recovery plan and implementation strategy, and full cooperation of binational partners.”

Can you think of any better way to spend that money? Or just not spend it at all? Why not just delist the wolf and let Nature take its course?

Original post at the Arizona Daily Independent

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