Protect Mexican gray wolves from extinction
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Right now, you can take a stand to save the last Mexican gray wolves from extinction.
Mexican gray wolves once numbered in the thousands throughout the southwestern U.S. and Mexico. But by the early 1970s, ranchers and government agents had all but eliminated this native carnivore with rifles, traps and poisons.
In the late 1990s, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) reintroduced a small, captive-bred population of Mexican wolves back into the wild. There is now a single population of about 100 wolves in the mountains of central Arizona and New Mexico. Today, this tiny population remains on the brink of extinction, threatened by both illegal and legal killings.
Flawed provisions in a new Mexican wolf federal rule will impose:
- Arbitrary recovery boundaries north of Interstate 40 in northern New Mexico and Arizona
- Negligible consequences for illegal wolf killings
- An inadequate population cap of 325
Don’t allow a narrow band of special interests to drive these wolves out of existence.
The best peer-reviewed and published scientists say that additional Mexican wolf populations must be established in the Grand Canyon and southern Rockies for the species to survive. But anti-wildlife politicians are pressuring the FWS to severely corral the wolves’ recovery.
We’re fighting in court to give these wolves a chance at recovery. Only 97 wolves remain in the wild at last count. Given such low numbers, the last thing they need is to be isolated and starved of genetic diversity.
Research shows the wolves need more habitat, more interconnected populations, and a total population of more than 700 individuals.
Time is of the essence to save these wolves! Urge the FWS to do what’s right and ensure the lobos’ survival and recovery in their natural habitats.
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