alaska wolf, © Barrett Hedges/NGS

Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up

Feds Investigate Potential Wolf Shooting in Colorado: Wildlife biologists with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are conducting DNA analysis on an animal shot by a coyote hunter outside of Kremmling, Colorado on April 26, 2015 to determine if it was an endangered gray wolf. Colorado has immense potential habitat for wolves, but there hasn’t been an extended wolf presence in the state in seven decades. If DNA tests confirm this animal is a wolf, its arrival in Colorado is another indicator that wolves are trying to disperse into this important part of their historic range. We want to see wolves recovered in Colorado, which has some of the best suitable habitat for wolves in the western USA. However, even if gray wolves do manage to get to Colorado, they won’t survive in the state unless state wildlife agencies take a larger role in educating local residents and hunters about them. Coloradans should be aware that there could be wolves in their state, and that this is an endangered and protected species. Most importantly, hunters should be taught how to tell the difference between wolves and coyotes. We’ll keep you updated here as we learn more on this evolving situation.

Mexican gray wolf pup, © USFWS

A Mexican gray wolf pup howling.

Feds Consider Releasing Captive Mexican Gray Wolves into New Mexico: By the late 1970s, there were only seven Mexican gray wolves left on earth – a dangerously close encounter with extinction. Since the late 1990s, efforts have been underway to help recover this population. While the wolves once ranged widely from central Mexico throughout the southwestern U.S., today, recovery efforts are focused in Arizona and New Mexico where there is ample suitable habitat for this species. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has reintroduced several captive Mexican gray wolves into Arizona over the years, and at last count, there were 109 wolves living in the wild in the Southwest. To further aid in this species’ recovery, the USFWS is now proposing to release two captive Mexican gray wolves into the state of New Mexico. Defenders strongly believes that more wolves need to be released into the wild to increase this imperiled population’s genetic diversity, and the Gila National Forest in western New Mexico has ample suitable habitat for these wolves. Stay tuned for updates on this topic here.

Mexican gray wolf rally

Mexican gray wolf rally

Great Turnout on Rally For Mexican Gray Wolves: A big thanks to all of our Southwest members who were able to join us earlier this week as we rallied on the steps of the New Mexico capital for Mexican gray wolves. For 17 years, media giant and wildlife philanthropist, Ted Turner, has shared his New Mexico property to aid in Mexican gray wolf recovery efforts.

Turner’s Ladder Ranch property is important to wolf recovery because for 17 years, it’s provided large, fenced holding pens for Mexican gray wolves en route to or from the wild. However, earlier this month, Governor Martinez and her appointees on the New Mexico Game Commission announced they will not renew the permit to keep wolves there. This is a major road block for continued Mexican gray wolf recovery efforts. Thanks to our members, we were able to take a strong stand and raise the visibility of this issue. In total, more than 200 wolf supporters participated in our Monday rally, and several media outlets were present to document our efforts. This issue has garnered significant media attention and we are hopeful that our added pressure will turn the tide.

Mexican gray wolf rally

Mexican gray wolf rally

7 Responses to “Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up”

  1. kathie rosvall

    Wolves are SO necessary to our ecology–not to mention their majestic being. Without wolves, we will be OVERRUN BY RODENTS [RABBITS, ALSO], our streams will become more polluted, and the vegetation destroyed by elk, deer and moose. ONE WOLF IS WORTH 15 SHEEP OR COWS!!!!. [SHEEP DESTROY THE VEGETATION ROOTS AND ALL!!]
    SO-CALLED “HUMAN’ hunters are woosy/scared individuals who should have to go hand-to-paw, one-on-one without a weapon [AK47 assault rifles+an airplane/helicopter to hide in. “Hunters, indeed”!!!!!!

  2. Terry Dunlap

    I want to know if we received matching funds for the last time DEFENDERS OF WILDLIFE was raising donations to save the wolves. I waited for Friday midnight but never read anything about it.

    • Defenders of Wildlife

      Hi Terry – Are you referring to the match campaign we recently ran? If so, yes, thanks to a member of our board of directors, we were able to match every gift that came in. And thanks to our fantastic supporters, we were able to raise enough to meet our goals. Thank you so much for your support! We did send emails to those who donated thanking everyone for their gifts and letting them know that we met our goals. If you didn’t receive that email, you may want to check with Member Services to make sure that the email we have on file for you is correct. You can contact them at 1-800-385-9712

  3. Renato

    … Many Thanks a Bunch for posting/sharing this VERY important article/issue above … We’re behind Mr. Ted Turner around “100000000000%” … Doubtless ..

    Sincerely ,

    Wolves

  4. kim b

    #SAVE THE WOLVES.!!!! You must PROTECT the endangered sprices act obama.And not delist the WOLVES or bears or cougers or bobcat or lynx . ECT…… Do something worthwhile before you leave office. On yea LEAVE THE ARCTIC ALONE…. Before you f ck it up !!!!!!!

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