There are only about 50 Mexican gray wolves (“lobos”) in the wilds of New Mexico and Arizona–not enough to ensure their survival. More than 300 lobos are in captivity, waiting to be released into the wild as part of a reintroduction program.
Releasing wolves directly into New Mexico–where the best remaining unoccupied habitat exists–is critical to quickly boosting numbers and gene diversity in the wild population, but for bureaucratic reasons the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) won’t do it, citing an outdated rule that prevents direct releases into New Mexico. The FWS could easily change this rule by issuing an Environmental Assessment and putting it out for public review, but it refuses to do so. Tell the FWS to take action before it’s too late for Mexican wolves.
Click here to sign the petition urging U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Director Benjamin Tuggle and NM Senators Udall and Bingaman to get more wolves into the wild in New Mexico before it’s too late.
Thank you for acting to save the lobo!