The FWS stood up to New Mexico on wolf releases. Now they need to sit down with the breeding facilities and plan for an aggressive number of releases of adults and pups in 2017 – a number that makes up for years of foot-dragging, and for this year’s temporary ban on releases in New Mexico.
Posts By: Eva Sargent
With only 97 wild wolves in the United States and fewer than 25 in Mexico, getting more captive wolves and their genes into the wild is critical to saving the lobo. So why have only four new lobos been released from captivity during the entire Obama administration?
The latest population count shows there are now just 97 Mexican gray wolves in the wild, an 11% drop from last year.
In December, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service began a series of closed-door Mexican gray wolf recovery planning workshops – which is puzzling because the Service already appointed a Mexican gray wolf recovery team for this purpose back in 2010.
The new kitten in Texas has a special place in our hearts because several years ago Defenders helped revegetate habitat needed by ocelots in Texas and worked to stop the Border Patrol from removing vegetation and installing huge lighting arrays, which would have fragmented habitat and potentially disrupted ocelot behavior. These days, we continue to work to protect ocelots and jaguars as they struggle to recolonize their habitat in the U.S.