Legislators and government officers in Arizona are responding to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s possible change to policies on the endangered gray wolf.
In the near future, the agency will hold meetings to discuss possible changes to the rules protecting the wolf. However the closest location for Arizonans to attend one is Albuquerque, N.M.
U.S. Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake, as well as U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar all took exception, and wrote letters to the agency asking for a meeting in Arizona.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is taking action by hosting meetings that will help people get their comments to Fish and Wildlife.
“We’ll have a hand out, and that handout will state the Game and Fish position,” said Jim Paxon, Chief of Information at Arizona Game and Fish Department. “On the backside, it will give folks (knowledge on where to give feedback and express) their concerns about Mexican gray wolf management in Arizona.”
The meetings will kick off on Monday in Payson, following a Tucson meeting on Tuesday, and one in Pinetop on Thursday.
The sub-species of gray wolf in Arizona, the Mexican gray wolf, is expected to stay listed as an endangered subspecies.