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 Categorized: Mexican Gray Wolf
Defenders of Wildlife and our conservation partners in the Southwest filed a motion to intervene on behalf of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in federal court yesterday to defend against the state of New Mexico’s attempt to block the release of Mexican gray wolf adults and pups into the wild.
Thirty years after the last few Mexican gray wolves roamed the southwestern United States borderlands, a handful of intrepid, captive born lobos took tentative steps from their pens into a silent, snowy forest in eastern Arizona.
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.