DSC and the DSC New Mexico Chapter support the need for Mexican wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) management to remain under the control of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF) and the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD). We have complete confidence in the ability of these state departments to manage their wildlife and natural resources.
However, this relationship is under scrutiny as the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service considers changing the designation of the Mexican wolf.
DSC and the DSC New Mexico Chapter support the state departments’ request to keep the “non-essential experimental” designation of the Mexican wolf. This designation gives the state departments the ability to continue to manage the subspecies as they have successfully done in the past.
If the designation is changed to “essential experimental” under the Endangered Species Act, the states’ ability to manage the Mexican wolf would be inhibited, which would in turn be detrimental to the future of the species.