U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is scheduling a meeting in Arizona on possible changes to Mexican gray wolf protection.
Previously, the agency left Arizona out of its plans to ask for public meetings on removing the gray wolf from the endangered species list.
Residents found the decision odd since a subspecies, the Mexican gray wolf, calls Arizona and New Mexico home.
So, at the urging of U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, Fish and Wildlife reconsidered, and will now add Arizona to the list.
And since the other meetings were held up by the shutdown, Arizona will blend right in.
“We still have meetings on the gray wolf proposal in Sacramento, Albuquerque and now Denver to fit in as well as the hearing in Arizona,” said Gavin Shire, public affairs specialist at Fish and Wildlife.
“We’re still working on timing, and we will put out announcements as soon as we get that squared away," he added.
The shutdown is also forcing Fish and Wildlife to push back their public comment deadline, which was originally set for October 28.