Division of Policy and Directives Management U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 4401 N Fairfax Drive, MS 2042–PDM Arlington, VA 22203
Comments on Removing the Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) from the List of Endangered
and Threatened Wildlife and Maintaining Protections for the Mexican Wolf (Canis
lupus baileyi) by listing it as Endangered.
On behalf of the New Mexico
Trappers Association (NMTA) and its membership, we submit the following
comments on the proposals by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to (1)
remove the gray wolf from the list of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and
(2) maintain protections for the Mexican gray wolf by uplisting it as an
endangered subspecies.New Mexico
trappers will be directly impacted by these proposed changes as they have been
through a frivolouslawsuit in the
past.Furthermore, proposed restrictions
on trapping are unwarranted and unjustifiable.
NMTA is in full support of
delisting the gray wolf because gray wolf recovery have exceeded their recovery
goals and states have the unique ability to manage this species best. After
numerous court battles and arguments over the science, this species has proven
a listing is no longer warranted. The ESA for this species, worked.
NMTA is not in favor of elevating the status of the Mexican
wolfbeyond that of a non-essential
experimental population. It is our belief that science shows a lack of genetic
diversity, these wolves cannot be recovered without severe interaction by man
and that this species is just not capable of recovery in the wild. The Service
tells us that the primary purpose of the Mexican wolf captive breeding program
is to supply wolves for reestablishing Mexican wolves into the wild. It is
strange that such a program would continue knowing that when these captive bred
wolves are released, they are doomed; they have not been able to reestablish
themselves in the wild after years of trying and millions of taxpayer dollars
being spent .In addition, the proposal
provides no compelling evidence that the suggested changes will somehownow enable the wolves to become
reestablished.The Service should not be
making taxonomic changes at this time.
A second Colorado-based company is moving to Laramie.
Maverick Ammuniation, also known as Ammo Kan, announced Tuesday it will be moving from Littleton, Colo., to the Gem City.
Fort Collins, Colo.,-based HiViz Shooting Systems, which manufactures fiber optic sights and recoil pads for firearms, announced plans to move to Laramie last spring. Last week, the Laramie City Council approved a design contract with Groathouse Construction Inc. for the new HiViz headquarters at the Laramie River Business Park II.
Maverick Ammunition manufactures target-grade ammunition and ammunition for hunting. It also manufactures tactical-grade ammunition for use in law enforcement. The company’s product line includes well-known shooting sport brands such as Hornady, Nosler, Lake City and Berry’s, according to a statement released by Maverick Ammunition CEO Curt Perry.
The company is expected to employ more than 50 people. There will be full-time and part-time positions, ranging from entry-level manufacturing, to clerical and bookkeeping, to experienced warehouse and distribution managers, Perry wrote.
“This is an exciting time for all of us as we look forward to making Laramie our lifetime home,” he said.
Perry wrote Maverick Ammunition will accept employment applications from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 18. Interviews are slated to begin at noon. He also wrote that the company expects to manufacture almost 2 million rounds of ammunition per week during the second half of 2014.
Dan Furphy, president and CEO of the Laramie Economic Development Corporation and the Laramie Area Chamber of Commerce, said Maverick Ammunition leased a building in the Riverwalk Commerce Center, 575 Snowy Range Road.
“This adds to our economic diversification,” he said. “Having a manufacturing company in town allows other important opportunities for our citizens.”
Furphy said Perry contacted him about relocating to Laramie shortly after Colorado passed gun control legislation. He also believes Laramie’s proximity to Medicine Bow National Forest played a role in Perry’s decision.
“I think part of it is that Laramie offers unique outdoor recreational opportunities,” he said.
decision to close last US lead smelter will NOT affect ammunition supply or
cost according to NSSF
There has been a great deal
of discussion on the NMLRA Facebook page and on the internet in general about
the EPA's recent decision to close to nation's last lead smelter and how this
will affect prices and availability. However, Lawrence Keane, senior vice president and
general counsel for the National Shooting
Sports Foundation (NSSF), which represents
the ammunitions and firearms industry advises that there is no need for alarm.
“Manufacturers use recycled lead to make ammunition. They don’t buy from smelters,”
Mr. Keane said. “The EPA closing, which has been in the works for a while, will
have no impact on production, supply or cost to the consumers.”