15 July 2013 Another Lobo Lost: Mexican gray wolf fatally shot in New Mexico Posted by: Courtney Sexton | 4 comments | Share: Courtney Sexton, Communications Associate When I got word on Thursday that one of the few Mexican gray wolves left in the wild had been shot and killed, my heart sank. The victim, an alpha female known as F1108 was a breeding female that had been released with her mate from the captive breeding program in May. The pair was a beacon of hope for the small population that is in dire need of greater numbers and more genetic diversity. Though the male wandered off and was recaptured shortly after release (another pairing in captivity would be attempted), the possibility of this release being “successful” remained as the female was pregnant with pups. A member of the first pack of wolves released into the Apache National Forest. (c) ADFG With this latest shooting, however, new hope for recovering the lobos has dwindled once again – with one swift and deliberate shot of a gun, not only has one of the few breeding females been lost, but her pups are also assumed to be dead, as she was found far from her den. Unfortunately, the only lesson to be learned from this tragedy is one that we already know – the Fish and Wildlife Service needs to complete and implement a Mexican gray wolf recovery plan, continue to release more wolves and strictly enforce laws protecting the wolves from shootings such as this one. Without releasing more wolves from captivity the Service gives them no chance to recover. The wolves need to be able to disperse into suitable habitat throughout the Southwest, without the threat of human-imposed mortality. With minimal numbers and limited diversity, the Mexican gray wolves don’t need another unnecessary obstacle barring their way to recovery. Fewer than 100 of these endangered wolves remain in the wild. Help us bring them back from the brink! 4 Responses to “Another Lobo Lost: Mexican gray wolf fatally shot in New Mexico” vibeke hansen July 16th, 2013 Translated from Danish: I am opposed to power-people who decide about animal life, the disgusting attitude to animals to be slaves for us two-legged who are fighting for their profits, without regard to the animals in their care, it applies the disgusting slaughter-skin and their way of doing it. HOPE that this may get another hearty dregning to a better understanding of pretty-good wolf. Hopes that the human ego can be washed AWAY JY Kim July 16th, 2013 I agree with Mr. Hansen above. So sad, especially for the pups. One question – I thought wolves mate for life, so was it an anomaly that the male left the pregnant female? Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Senate Wakes Up to Climate Change…At Least Some of Them Tonight more than 20 senators will be taking over the Senate floor to pull an all-nighter to “wake up” Congress to climate change. Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up Helicopter gunning kills 23 wolves in Idaho; Urge Secretary Jewell to abandon gray wolf delisting proposal — Call your representative by March 14; Washington wildlife agency urged to end support for abolishing federal wolf protections; The latest on Governor Otter’s wolf control board. Two Too Many Development Projects in the Ivanpah Valley While these projects most definitely directly impact a species that has been identified as threatened and is dependent on the habitat where they would be built, Silver State South and Stateline’s approval is most troubling for a bigger reason. You see, this isn’t just an issue for the Ivanpah Valley. Developers and agencies need to be conscious of how and where they plan energy projects all across the country. They need to look at renewable energy planning with a landscape-wide lens, understanding that building in the right places and making an effort to minimize environmental impacts from the start are essential.