Take Action: Mexican Gray Wolves Face Inbreeding Dangers
- For over four years the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) refused to release new wolves into the wild from the captive-breeding pool. They recently successfully released three more wolves into the wild, which is a great start, but only a start-many more new wolves are needed.
- In October 2012, the FWS removed the Fox Mountain Pack’s alpha female from her mate and five pups into permanent captivity, as a scapegoat for the deaths of four cattle whose owners were already compensated for their losses. Unfortunately, the agency has a history of having killed or permanently removed many wolves and even entire packs over livestock losses.
- Four wolves were killed illegally in 2012. Others disappeared. This is lower than in previous years, but it had an impact on the breeding pairs.
- Release many more wolves into the wild in 2013 so that the genetic diversity of this population can improve.
- Make changes to allow new releases in New Mexico and throughout the recovery area rather than just in part of Arizona where they are currently allowed.
- Continue and increase actions to proactively manage livestock to keep wolves in the wild instead of removing or killing them over livestock losses.
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