Senator Hatch’s recent editorial, “Mexican Wolves don’t belong in Utah’s Dixie,” blasting Mexican wolves is misleading. He implies that there’s an immediate plan in motion to drop 250 wolves into northern Arizona and Utah — when in reality a decision on whether there will be any wolf reintroductions, anywhere, is years away.
Wolves once widely roamed across the region, but by the early 20th century they were nearly wiped out. Today, there are only about 55 Mexican wolves left in the wild in the entire world. In order to recover the species, scientists are looking for remote lands in the Southwest that can both support wolves and benefit from their return.
But this is a long process that takes a number of years. And the public, including politicians like Hatch, will have plenty of time to weigh in before any actual plans are made. As a senior statesman, it’s disappointing to see Sen. Hatch pandering to the anti-wolf zealots in his state.
Eva Sargent, Ph.D is Defenders of Wildlife’s Southwest program director, Tuscon, Ariz.