I regret my time in Palmer Drug Abuse program in McAllen, Texas, when I attended the director was Andrea Lacy, a Bob Meehan clone who hurt and abused many teenagers and young adults. There needs to be more education about the scope of practice for LCDC's and more oversight by the state. these people should not be allowed around children and families in crisis should be warned about their negativity and toxicity. One of the counselors that used to work under Andrea told me how they thought it was funny to call family members fucked up bitches and make fun of them during case conference.
There are NOT "plenty" of wolves anywhere. Primarily cattlemen wiped out wolf populations all over the U.S. during the past couple hundred years. Along with the annihilation of mountain lion in the East and the grizzly bear in most parts of the U.S., our wildlife biodiversity suffers greatly. Natural balance is skewed so badly that a cascading disruption of species destroys biodiversity. The best thing we can do is to remove commercial livestock grazing from all public land to help stop the war on predators.
There are plenty of wolves in the greater Yellowstone area, as well as other parts of Mt, Wy, and Idaho for the wolves to be taken off of the endagered species act. It is time to allow those States and the people who live in them to manage those wolves that have moved out to areas far away from Yellowstone.
Based on the likes and dislikes, you can see how uneducated City of Tucson residents are. The facts are out there. Take it from the Huckelberry himself. Until the state forces him to spend HURF money on roads, he will continue to allocate it for non-road use. And so many of you are ready to give him more money? Fools.
...and Ma Nature rebalances it also.
I expect the food chain would be balanced by old Ma Nature. We are the ones who "modify" the food chain.
How would the increase in their population affect all other species at this point? It is definitely modifying the food chain. The red squirrels on Mt Graham would take it on the chin again would they?
It is not just "some critics" of the program who say that, in order for the Mexican wolf to become self-sustaining, the entire recovery population should increase to a minimum of 750 wolves in at least three core zones (the current population in the Blue Mountains of AZ/NM, the Grand Canyon watershed of northern AZ/southern UT, and southern CO/northern NM) linked by travel corridors. It was the professional biologists of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service who came to that conclusion.
Why can't we call it the Arizona wolf or the US wolf? Mexico has a terrible record with this animal.
Um....it's not critics that say there should be 750 wolves for a self-sustaining population, it's SCIENCE.
And while the author spends an inordinate amount of time describing conflicts between wildlife and cattle, she fails to even acknowledge the enormous support both the Mexican wolf program in particular and the Endangered Species Act that mandated their recovery enjoy with the populations of Arizona and New Mexico. Additionally, while public lands ranchers pay grazing fees, those fees fail to cover the high costs to the agencies to administer these programs. The privilege to use America's public lands for their private profit in no way gives them exclusive use or access to them - to expect our wild places be cleansed of the wildlife that belong there - like Mexican wolves - is simply beyond the pale.
No mention of the politicians in both NM and in AZ who are trying to undo the Endangered Species Act for Mexican wolves as it has been undone in other western states including ID, MT and WY on wolves in those states.
In addition, the best way to help the wolves increase population is to get rid of the "welfare cattle" on our public lands which are allowed grazing rights at a cost so low the public ends up subsidizing them b/c of all the environmental havoc they bring upon our public lands such as erosion, water pollution and destruction of ecosystems due to overgrazing. Our appetite for cheap beef is what has caused the demise of the wolf population.
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