Would you like to help an endangered animal in California and also in the rest of the Southwest? There's going to be another Sacramento meeting on November 22, 2013 about the successful recovery efforts regarding the proposal to delist the gray wolf and focus ESA protection on the Mexican wolf, an endangered subspecies of the wolf. Also check out the site, California Wolf Center on Facebook. It's the first time an animal has been kicked off the endangered species list by legislation instead of validated scientific research data.
Now you have the opportunity to submit electronically your comments or attend the next meeting on November 22, 2013 in Sacramento at the Marriot Courtyard Sacramento, Cal Expo, Golden State Ballroom, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Sacramentans interested in the subject and animal activists are welcome to attend the latest meeting about delisting gray wolves in California. Also what will be discussed at the meeting is the focus on ESA protection of the Mexican wolf. You have a chance to add your public comment online as well.
Public comment period now has been extended through December 17, 2013
The two proposed rules were published in the Federal Register on June 13, 2013. The public comment periods that were due to close on September 11 have now been extended through 11:59 p.m. December 17, 2013. Guidance on how to provide comments is provided here.
Sacramentans any anyone else in the area are welcome to attend the next meeting which will take place in about three weeks on November 22, 2013, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Sacramento at the Marriot Courtyard Sacramento Cal Expo, Golden State Ballroom, 1782 Tribute Road, Sacramento, CA 95815. Check out the article on wolf recovery hearings, "Wolf Recovery Hearings Reschedule Notice." This PDF format article also will tell you how and where to submit written comments either electronically or in writing.
The proposal comes after a comprehensive review confirmed its successful recovery in the western Great Lakes states and Northern Rockies following management actions undertaken by federal, state and local partners following the wolf’s listing under the Endangered Species Act more than three decades ago
The Service is also proposing to maintain protection and expand recovery efforts for the Mexican wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) in the Southwest, where it remains endangered. The Service’s comprehensive review determined that the current listing for gray wolf, which was developed 35 years ago, erroneously included large geographical areas outside the species’ historical range.
In addition, the review found that the current gray wolf listing does not reasonably represent the range of the only remaining population of wolves in the lower 48 states and Mexico that requires the protections of the ESA – the Mexican wolf population in the Southwest.
The proposed rule is based on the best science available and incorporates new information about the gray wolf’s current and historical distribution in the contiguous United States and Mexico. It focuses the protection on the Mexican wolf, the only remaining entity that warrants protection under the Act, by designating the Mexican wolf as an endangered subspecies.
Please visit the Regulations.gov website to view all Federal Register notices, and to submit electronic comments
There are numerous news releases on this topic. You also can read these various news releases on helping the wolf at the following sites: News Release extending the comment period until December 17, News Release for the extension of the comment period until October 28, 2013 and public hearings, and News Release for the June 13 proposed rules.
Hearing information about meetings in other states
November 19, 2013, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place, Denver, CO 80202.
November 20, 2013, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Embassy Suites, Sandia Room, 1000 Woodward Place NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102.
December 3, 2013, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Hon-Dah Conference Center, 777 Highway 260, Pinetop, AZ 85935 (3 miles outside of Pinetop at the Junction of Hwy 260 and Hwy 73).
Last month, on September 30, 2013, a public hearing was held in Washington, DC. Now, in other locations, additional hearings will be held during November and December, 2013. The hearings are listed in the Federal Register Notice. For more information, also see the site, More information on these hearings can be found in the Federal Register notice. Or check out the Regulations.gov site to see all Federal Register notices or submit electronically your public comments on the issue.