Act Now: Mexican gray wolves receive long-overdue Endangered Species Act listing!
Today, thanks to your emails, calls, comments and other actions to pressure the government to protect these critically endangered lobos, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service finally gave Mexican gray wolves their own Endangered Species Act listing, separate from other gray wolves.
Mexican gray wolves, or lobos, are the most genetically distinct, southernmost occurring, smallest and rarest sub-species of gray wolf. By the 1970's, they were as close to extinction as you can get; only five wild Mexican wolves (four males and one pregnant female) remained. A captive breeding program kept them from vanishing from the world, but lobos still teeter at the edge of extinction with only 83 in the wild at last official count.
This listing is an important milestone on the road to recovery for these special wolves.
Will you please join us in thanking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and asking them to complete a long-overdue Mexican wolf recovery plan?
The reclassification of Mexican gray wolves as endangered in their own right, rather than under the umbrella of the gray wolf listing, means that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is out of excuses for delaying completion of a Mexican wolf recovery plan.
It also affords Mexican wolf greater protections in view of the indefensible proposal to delist gray wolves nation-wide.
This is a great step in the right direction, and there is much more we can do to ensure the lobo’s recovery.
Please contact USFWS Director Dan Ashe and thank him for giving Mexican wolves their own listing and urge him to complete a scientifically valid Recovery Plan. A simple message like the following will do:
Dear Director Ashe,
As a strong supporter of Mexican gray wolf recovery, I want to thank the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for listing these special wolves under the ESA as endangered in their own right.
This is an important step on the road to recovery, and I know you will move forward now with completing a scientifically valid Recovery Plan.
Dan Ashe contact info:
Address: U.5. Fish & Wildlife Service, 1849 C. Street, NW, ROOM
3331 Washington, DC 20240
Thank you for all you do!
Photo courtesy of Endangered Wolf Center