Take Action for Lobos

Happy Birthday Lobos!

It’s time for celebration and collective action!  This year marks the 15th anniversary of the release of Mexican gray wolves (also known as lobos) back into the wild Gila. The last remaining lobos in the US were killed in the 1970s. Reintroduction efforts began in 1998 with mixed results during the ensuing years. The latest good news is that Mexican gray wolves are on the uptick with some 75 roaming the wild Gila, up from 58 at last year’s count. Thanks to all of you for helping make this happen by speaking out again and again for scientifically sound wolf management.  Thanks for making a difference!

But, with only one wolf per 115,184 people living in New Mexico and Arizona, and a 50% decline in breeding pairs since last year’s count, wolves of the Southwest still need your help. With so few roaming free, lobos have yet to play their role in the balance of nature, in maintaining healthy wild lands. With a decline in the number of breeding pairs, decreased genetic diversity seriously threatens their survival. Your continued support of the most endangered wolf on the planet is critical.

So, please join others in taking a few minutes to send a free fax U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southwest Regional Director Benjamin Tuggle. 

Ask Dr. Tuggle to:

  • Release more wolves now.  With more breeding pairs producing pups, greater genetic diversity will make for a more resilient Mexican gray wolf population.
  • Allow direct releases of captive-bred wolves in New Mexico.  Currently such releases can only occur in Arizona, thus limiting the number of wolves that can be set free and significantly hindering recovery efforts.  Too many wolves are all dressed up with no place to go!
  •  Thank the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for promoting proactive measures that effectively minimize conflict between wolves and livestock and strongly encourage them to continue their efforts.

Then, take some time to celebrate wild lobos on the landscape at some of our upcoming 15th anniversary celebration events:

15th Anniversary of the Mexican Wolf's Return    

O'Niell's Pub  4310 Central Ave in Albuquerque 

Friday, April 5, 2013, from  6-10 p.m.

Silver City Anniversary Party

2 p.m.  on Sunday, May 19, 2013

Little Walnut East Picnic Area

Join the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance and celebrate the 15th anniversary of lobos in the wild Gila.

Music, kids activities, cake, beverages, and other goodies.

Special Guest Speaker: Dave Parsons, Carnivore Conservation Biologist with The Rewilding Institute and former USFWS Mexican Wolf Recovery Coordinator (talk at 2:30 p.m.)

Directions: The picnic area is about six miles north of Silver City on Little Walnut Creek Road

Dr. Benjamin Tuggle

US Fish and Wildlife Service Southwest Region

Fax:(505) 248-6788