Monday, August 4, 2014

Mexican Gray Wolves Need You

**Public Comment Period Now CLOSED**

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed changes to the management of Mexican gray wolves; some are good changes, but many are bad changes. PLEASE LEARN ABOUT THEM HERE:

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be taking comments from the public.
Even if you don't live in New Mexico or Arizona, you can still help this essential species by leaving your official comment here:!documentDetail;D=FWS-R2-ES-2013-0056-6056

Brief background on "lobos:" Mexican gray wolves, also known as "lobos," are a subspecies of gray wolves. They are smaller and have very distinct, beautiful markings. They are currently the most endangered mammal in North America. Lobos used to range across southwestern North America, but like gray wolves, they were nearly completely exterminated in the United States and Mexico by the mid 1900's until only a handful remained in the wild. Thanks to a captive breeding program, this unique subspecies was saved from extinction, and lobos were reintroduced near the border of New Mexico and Arizona in 1998. Because the current population of lobos began from so few remaining wolves, lobos are continually being released into the wild to make sure the population remains genetically diverse. Even though lobos were reintroduced 16 years ago, there are still less than 90 surviving in the wild as of 2013. These few wild wolves are restricted to a certain recovery zone; if they leave this zone, they are trapped and put back into the zone.

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