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Big Lake Howliday

Imagine waking up on a beautiful morning surrounded by the majestic White Mountains, peaceful lakes and some of the most breathtaking Mexican Wolf territory in their Blue Range recovery area. The crisp mountain air would greet you as you emerge from your tent and just perhaps the distant howl of a wolf pack could capture your soul as you explore the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.


The Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project will be hosting their Big Lake Howliday Campout this weekend,  August 8-11th. This year is the 16th anniversary of the reintroduction of Mexican wolves into the Blue Range recovery area. Currently, there are just under 90 wolves in the wild. They face many challenges both natural and human caused. This camp out is a great retreat for wolf lovers of all ages to come and learn about wolves and wolf recovery.    

This year the campout was extended through Monday for those who wish to attend the USFWS hearing on Mexican wolves in Pinetop, AZ at the Hon-Dah Conference Center about an hour west of Big Lake. The hearing is from 6-9 pm and refreshments will be served for Mexican wolf supporters starting at 2 PM. (See below for more details)


The proposed changes to their management plan have both positive and negative aspects. It is important that as many pro wolf voices as possible are heard during this meeting to show support and convey that Mexican wolves are essential.


What to Expect / What to Bring
Last year the Howliday Campout was a great adventure. There were many wolf advocates and wolf experts on hand. A member of the wolf recovery team from came out and educated last year's campers on the program and brought out their telemetry devices to try and track the local wolf packs. There were also nature hikes, a tracking class, and a trip over to the famous Aldo Leopold Green Fire site. Despite some rain, the entire group stayed in high spirits and enjoyed the company of fellow wolf advocates and lovers.


This year there are fun and educational activities planned for the whole weekend. Food will be provided for the registered guests starting with dinner on Friday. Personal camping equipment is not provided so be sure to bring tents and other camping gear if interested in participating. It is monsoon season so rain gear will be helpful as well as warm clothes and jackets due to Big Lake being at 9000 ft. in elevation. Other items that can come in handy are binoculars, cameras and head lamps or flashlights for the night time. For more information and to register for this event please visit


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has released a draft proposal to change the rules governing the Mexican wolf reintroduction.


The draft proposal, if implemented, will seriously jeopardize the continued existence of critically endangered Mexican gray wolves, who currently number less than 90 in the wild. The proposal ignores the best available science and recommendations by top wolf scientists.

  • USFWS proposes to allow more Mexican wolves to be shot, trapped, and permanently removed from the wild.
  • The proposal continues to designate the wild population of lobos as "non-essential," failing to give them additional protections necessary to their survival.
  • And, while it does expand the area wolves can roam, it restricts them to parts of New Mexico and Arizona below I-40, even though leading wolf scientists say that populations of Mexican wolves north of I-40, including the Grand Canyon region are essential to the lobo's recovery.

The only good thing this proposed plan does is to finally allow new wolves from the captive breeding population to be released into a larger area, a change desperately needed for genetic rescue of the wild population.

USFWS is accepting public comment and will hold hearings on August 11, 2014  Hon-Dah Conference Center, 777 Highway 260, near Pinetop, AZ 85935 (3 miles outside of Pinetop at the Junction of Hwy 260 and Hwy 73)  and on August 13 at  the Civic/Convention Center, 400 W 4th Ave, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901 



A critical mass of supporters at these hearings can turn the tide for the Mexican gray wolf.  
Please plan to attend if you are able!

 For talking points see 
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