The so-called recovery plan for the Mexican Gray Wolves is not working. There are only 59 remaining Mexican Gray Wolves in Arizona and New Mexico. They are facing extinction!
Mexican Wolves or “Lobos” are the smallest, rarest and most distinct subspecies of western wolves, but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, for no good reason, lists them as just another population of gray wolves. These wolves even have a distinct DNA and genus species: canis lupus bailey.
In late October, 2012, the USFWS had an opportunity to create a new paradigm for Mexican Gray Wolf recovery in the Southwest, which the Agency chose not to do. It did not change the classification of the Mexican Gray Wolves from “experimental nonessential” designation. This designation is a farce…no wonder recovery is failing. Further, the Agency has not released into the wild any of the 300 captive Mexican Gray Wolves nor increased the allotment of land for the Lobos. The release of the wolves would contribute to the gene pool and help save them from extinction. The Fish and Wildlife Service’s passivity is not allowing recovery of these wolves. The wolves do not stand a chance of recovery because their population is too small for successful breeding. Releasing wolves directly into New Mexico... where the best remaining habitat exists...is critical to quickly boosting numbers and gene diversity in the wild population. For bureaucratic reasons the USFWS won't do it, citing an outdated rule that prevents direct releases into New Mexico.
The Agency is taking the position that ranchers’ cows, allowed to roam on public lands, are more important than this very rare wolf, for which there is very little documentation of depredation. The Agency has refused to vigorously protect these wolves from poachers and trappers and expand their recovery area to provide existing wolf packs with more room to roam. Even the Forest Service has refused to support the need to increase the wolves’ habitat. Increasing these grazing allotments for the Mexican Gray Wolves in the recovery area is another one of the most important actions to recover Mexican wolves.
Government management has deteriorated to the point that in 2012, the organization Wild Earth Guardians had to sue for permitting trapping in the Mexican Gray Wolf range.
The Endangered Species Act specifically allows for protection for separate subspecies of animals, and a separate listing would benefit the Mexican Gray Wolf recovery effort and chart a new course for Mexican Wolf Conservation in the Southwest. The current classification of the captive-bred Mexican Gray Wolves of “experimental nonessential” is ludicrous! Elevating the lobos’ status to “essential” would strengthen recovery efforts by prioritizing wolf conservation over other, potentially conflicting land uses and outlandish practices like indiscriminate trapping in the wolf recovery area.
We ask that you:
1. Release the captive-bred Lobos into the New Mexico habitat, rather than Arizona where there is less allotment of land for their habitats; the top-ranked site is the Gila Wilderness within the Gila Naitonal Forest in New Mexico. This can enhance the genetics of the wild population and ensure breeding to produce more pups, rather than the inbreeding that is occurring now.
2. Create a subspecies for the Mexican Gray Wolves;
3. Expand their allotment of land;
4. Place the Mexican Gray Wolf on the Endangered Species List with specificity and protect the Mexican Gray Wolves. Presently, the Endangered Species List states Gray wolves are listed; not specifically "Mexican Gray Wolves."
5. Release back into the wild the incarcerated alpha female of the Fox Mountain Pack in New Mexico, whose removal disrupted the entire pack, which forces the alpha male to find a new mate, which is not helpful for the mother of his wolf pups and the 6 pups who have wandered away from the pack.
6. Locate and monitor the missing 4 pups from the group of 6.
7. Ensure the Fox Mountain Pack is reunited as a pack, including the incarcerated alpha female and her 6 pups.
8. Remove and ban all traps in the Mexican Gray Wolf Relocation area.
This petition closed over 2 years ago
The rare Mexican Gray Wolf, a sub-species of the gray wolf, with a distinct DNA, is becoming extinct with only 59 wolves in the wild. As stewards of all living creatures, we cannot stand by and...
The rare Mexican Gray Wolf, a sub-species of the gray wolf, with a distinct DNA, is becoming extinct with only 59 wolves in the wild. As stewards of all living creatures, we cannot stand by and let this extinction happen before our very eyes.