Latest Update on the Fox Mountain Mexican Wolf
On August 8, 2012, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a kill order for the alpha female of the Fox Mountain Mexican wolf pack for allegedly killing livestock. She had four pups under a year old, one yearling pup, and her lifelong mate.
Immediately following the announcement of the Service's decision to kill "Loba," thousands of people called the Service, the White House, and the New Mexico Congressional delegation. As a result of the public outcry, the Service rescinded the kill order two days later, but then ordered that Loba be captured live.
She eluded federal trappers for two months but, was finally caught on October 10, 2012, by federal wildlife-killing agency called "Wildlife Services". She has since been moved to the Southwest Wolf Conservation Center near Phoenix, Arizona.
On October 13, WildEarth Guardians submitted public records requests under the Freedom of Information Act to both the Fish and Wildlife Service and Wildlife Services for documents related to the Fox Mountain wolf pack.
Documents received from USDA-Wildlife Services October indicate that the Fox Mountain pack was involved in killing six cattle, although the details linking the livestock deaths to wolf predation are sketchy, and 80% of the response documents were blacked out.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service stalled and never responded. So last week we filed a lawsuit against them. http://www.wildearthguardians.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=8061&news_iv_ctrl=1194
Now we have learned that the very young pups have separated from their father and the yearling pup. This does not bode well for these puppies. http://www.kob.com/article/stories/S2842712.shtml?cat=500
Given the struggles of the Mexican wolf recovery program, the Fish and Wildlife Service should do all that it can to conserve every endangered Mexican wolf, and particularly breeding females with dependent pups. Instead, it has accepted unsophisticated forensic evidence to remove one of only six breeding females from the wild. This is unacceptable to us.
We have yet to see proof that Loba actually killed livestock, and none appears to be forthcoming. And even if she had killed a cow, she should be restored to the wild with her family because every Mexican wolf absolutely counts.
Please join our efforts to secure her release by asking congress to investigate her case. http://www.wildearthguardians.org/site/MessageViewer?em_id=9821.0
And now for a little good news!
We're happy to report that the Fox Mountain pups appear to have reunited with their father. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Fox Mountain pack - including the two pups - was spotted feeding on an elk carcass late last week.
The pack's four wolves all have radio collars and the agency says they will continue to be monitored.
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