Fifteen years after they were reintroduced, only 75 Mexican gray wolves remain in the wild, and they have undergone dangerous genetic deterioration due to government and private shooting and trapping, along with a freeze on wolf releases to the wild.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) now proposes changes to Mexican wolf management —two good changes and many more that threaten the lobos’ survival and recovery.
USFWS will hold a public hearing on its proposal on Tuesday, December 3 at Hon Dah conference center in Pinetop, AZ. Your voice is needed at this hearing to show support for the lobo.
Well-funded wolf opponents are pressing USFWS. We can’t outspend them, we need an army of Arizona animal advocates to step up!
You and other supporters of the Mexican wolf are all that will stand between extinction and survival for these critically endangered, beautiful and intelligent animals.
Please stand up and speak up for the lobo on December 3! RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Let us know if you would like to carpool to the meeting, with other ADLA members or volunteers from our coalition partner groups. For more information click here.
Join Animal Defense League of Arizona for a free event on Saturday, November 9th at Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center.
Arizona's animal language expert Con Slobodchikoff, will discuss and sign his new book "Chasing Doctor Dolittle: Learning the Language of Animals".
Read the book first! "Chasing Doctor Dolittle" is the current selection of ADLA's Animal Circle Book Club. Please join our online forum and share your impressions.
Register for the event and join ADLA's Book Club here. Looking forward to seeing everyone there.
A federal court hearing was held on Sept. 9th in response to a request by Russell Files that his case be removed from Maricopa County Superior Court to Arizona Federal District Court. The Removal was granted, so the state felony charges will be tried in federal court. Files’ trial was originally set to begin next week, but has been continued to Dec. 10th, in Arizona Federal District Court.
Files is a former USDA Wildlife Services employee charged with felony animal cruelty designated as a violent crime for trapping his neighbor's dog, Zoey, causing severe injuries. The leg-hold trap had been staked next to a decomposing elk skull in Files’ unfenced front yard.
Information and background on this case is posted on the ADLA website. The El Mirage Police Report on Russell Files is posted here (warning: graphic images)
ADLA News and Updates
In This Issue:
Deadline to Turn In Referendum Petitions is Sept 10th
Comments Needed on Proposed Rule Change for Mexican Gray Wolf
Update on Animal Cruelty Case Against former Wildlife Services Employee Russell Files
Save the Date for Wildlife First Symposium
Update on ADLA Spay Neuter Hotline and TNR Program
Latest ADLA Newsletter is Available Online
As ADLA President Stephanie Nichols-Young stated, “I don’t see an agency that’s going through a reasoned review of its policies trying to tighten them up and refine them. It’s an agency that’s trying to deal with public-relations problems.”
Thanks to D.S. Woodfill of the Arizona Republic for this great story!
You can read the article here.
Federal Continued Hearing Latest Twist in Bizarre Animal Cruelty Case Pending Against USDA Wildlife Services Employee
Updated: September 6th
An evidentiary hearing has been continued to September 9th to consider whether the felony animal cruelty case pending against former USDA Wildlife Services employee Russell Files should be removed from Maricopa County Superior Court to Arizona Federal District Court. The hearing was set in response to a request for removal made by Files that was initially denied by the Court. If Removal is granted, the state felony charges will be tried in federal court. However, if Removal is denied Files’ trial is set to begin on October 9th in Maricopa County Superior Court.
Files was charged with Felony Animal Cruelty after he allegedly used bait and a leghold trap to trap his neighbor’s dog - Zoey - in Files’ unfenced front yard, causing severe injuries to the dog. His case has been designated as a violent crime by Maricopa County Superior Court.
Since Files has been charged with the felony, ADLA has learned that:
Files’ wife Judi requested that the USDA trap the dog, and Files was using USDA equipment and was on the clock when he trapped Zoey.
A former longtime Wildlife Services employee says that Files and his superiors’ alleged conduct violated agency procedures in a number of ways.
One day after ADLA requested that the head of Wildlife Services initiate an investigation, William Clay, the Deputy Administrator, responded to ADLA and indicated he shared ADLA’s concern and would initiate an investigation.
Wildlife Services is a controversial subdivision of the United States Department of Agriculture. Funded by taxpayers, Wildlife Services uses traps, poisons, and aerial gunning to kill thousands of animals each year, including non-target wildlife and family pets. Read Sacramento Bee Reporter Tom Knudson's investigation here.
The El Mirage Police Report on Russell Files is posted here (warning: graphic images)
Thanks to Fox 10 News for sharing this story about the ADLA and AHS TNR Program. ADLA is happy to report that it has TNR’d 5,000 cats in the first year of the TNR initiative with Arizona Humane Society. 3,500 of those cats came from six target zip codes that have highest surrender rates at the Sunnyslope shelter. The rest came from low income caregivers throughout the Valley who came to the monthly clinics at AHS. Thank you AHS!
You can also view this video and story at the Fox 10 News website