Senator Flake (R-AZ) today reintroduced the deceptively named “Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Plan Act,” a bill that would give unchecked power in Mexican gray wolf recovery planning to special interests and Arizona and New Mexico – states that have repeatedly obstructed efforts to recover the critically endangered species.

Hunting, trapping, and poisoning caused the extinction of Mexican gray wolves in the wild, with only a handful remaining in captivity. Now the species is facing extinction a second time, but at the hands of politicians.

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Wolves are designed by the pressures of nature to be well adapted to survive on the cold and snowy landscape. Ambassador wolf Zephyr, like his wild counterparts, has two layers of fur: the long guard hairs that form the visible outer layer of of the coat and the soft dense undercoat. The coarse guard hairs determine a wolf’s appearance/color and works like a raincoat, protecting a wolf from rain, snow, and sleet. The insulating undercoat is usually gray in color and keeps the animal comfortable in cold temperatures. The paws of a wolf are large, almost the size of an adult human hand, and thus able to perform like snowshoes carrying wolves effortlessly atop the crusty layer of deep snow. Zephyr’s fluffy tail can also keep his nose warm and cozy. Thanks to these special features, wolves can thrive in temperatures well below freezing!

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