To the AZ Game and Fish Commission and Department: With only 110 Mexican gray wolves in the wild, they are still very much in danger of extinction. We, the undersigned, respectfully and urgently request that you:
1. Cease opposing new releases of captive wolves into the wild and instead work to ensure that releases of adult wolves are expedited to improve the genetic health of the wild population;
2. End your advocacy for killing and trapping wolves for preying on elk, going outside of political boundaries, and for livestock conflicts;
3. End your advocacy for keeping the wild population down to 300-325 wolves, a number which has no basis in science but will result in wolves above that number being killed or trapped and removed;
4. Desist in efforts to delay and obstruct recovery planning.
5. Respect the peer reviewed science by recognized experts and stop objecting to new populations of wolves in habitats north of I-40; and
6. Honor and fulfill your public trust obligations by representing the best interests of all of Arizona’s wildlife, including keystone carnivores like wolves, all Arizonans, and visitors to Arizona from all over the world, who want these wolves to thrive.