Mexican gray wolves have done what is needed to survive in the wild. They have formed packs, had pups and successfully hunted native prey. Yet, Mexican wolves continue to be one of the most endangered mammals in North America. Fewer than 300 wolves survive in the wild today. That’s still dangerously close to the brink of extinction. What’s more, very few new Mexican wolves have been released into the wild from captive breeding programs in recent years, which raises serious concerns about the genetic health of the wild population.
Why? Simply put, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is failing at wolf recovery. If the agency continues on its current path, it will be impossible to attain a wild, self-sustaining population of Mexican gray wolves in the Southwest.