Take Action to Keep Endangered Mexican Gray Wolf Wild and Free in Northern Arizona
Endangered Mexican gray wolf Anubis (m2520) is at risk of capture and translocation just for roaming the forests north of Interstate 40.
A solitary subadult male Mexican gray wolf has been living peacefully in the national forests north of Williams and Flagstaff for nearly two months. The wolf, named “Anubis” by seventh graders in an annual pup-naming contest, was born in spring 2020 to the Dark Canyon Pack of the Gila National Forest in New Mexico. It is natural for young wolves to disperse such long distances and seek out new territories, and the habitat Anubis encountered north of I-40 contains abundant elk and good hiding cover. The Arizona Game & Fish Department has initiated and paid for the ill-advised capture efforts underway so far, including expensive aerial efforts using a plane and helicopter in mid-June during record-breaking Arizona heat and extreme fire danger. There have been no documented human or domestic animal conflicts with the wolf and the agency seems motivated simply by its insistence that wolves stay south of I-40, for reasons that are wholly political rather than based in science. The Coconino and Kaibab National Forests are currently closed to everyone, including wildlife managers, which has bought Anubis a little more freedom on his ambitious journey. We anticipate that as soon as the national forests re-open, the Department will immediately resume capture efforts, so there is no time to waste.
Speak up for Anubis
Please send an email to the Arizona Game & Fish Department saying:
- You are excited to learn about the wolf and want to celebrate his amazing journey.
- You want the agencies to focus first on public outreach and education, adding only humane hazing options and hands-off coexistence methods where necessary.
- You strongly oppose any capture efforts to move Anubis, because he should be allowed to continue on his journey without risking potential harm during recapture and translocation, and the agencies should focus on keeping an endangered wolf safe wherever they roam.
- If you live in the area near Flagstaff or northern Arizona, you can include that personalized information in your comments, but it is not necessary to live there to submit comments.
We encourage you to be respectful to all agency staff members in your comments.
Email your comments to:
- Jim DeVos, Arizona Game & Fish Department Mexican Wolf Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ty Gray, Arizona Game & Fish Department Director: email@example.com
- Clay Crowder, Arizona Game & Fish Department Assistant Director for the Wildlife Management Division: firstname.lastname@example.org