Mexican Gray Wolves Campaign

NMWA Share the LandThrough its Mexican Gray Wolves: Share The Land Campaign, the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance strives to educate, motivate, and unite citizens around the fact that whole, intact ecosystems are necessary and desirable to existence. If we don’t learn to share the land, we will ultimately destroy it.

Here, you’ll find updates on how ordinary people are generating extraordinary ways to Share The Land, and what you can do to help promote the coexistence of humans, wilderness, wolves, and all wild life.

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What is it that makes this animal so special? The Mexican gray wolf is emblematic of the wild Southwest.  Moreover, it is a keystone species, a top predator that–if populations were allowed to return to a viable size– would help maintain healthy herds of native ungulates such as elk and deer. When it comes to wolves, the vision of “thinking like a mountain” evoked in Aldo Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac still rings true today. Leopold wrote:

“Since then I have lived to see state after state extirpate its wolves. I have watched the face of many a newly wolfless mountain, and seen the south-facing slopes wrinkle with a maze of new deer trails… I now suspect that just as a deer herd lives in mortal fear of its wolves, so does a mountain live in mortal fear of its deer. And perhaps with better cause, for while a buck pulled down by wolves can be replaced in two or three years, a range pulled down by too many deer may fail of replacement in as many decades. So also with cows. The cowman who cleans his range of wolves does not realize that he is taking over the wolf’s job of trimming the herd to fit the range. He has not learned to think like a mountain. Hence we have dustbowls, and rivers washing the future into the sea.

“We all strive for safety, prosperity, comfort, long life, and dullness. The deer strives with his supple legs, the cowman with trap and poison, the statesman with pen, the most of us with machines, votes, and dollars, but it all comes to the same thing: peace in our time. A measure of success in this is all well enough, and perhaps is a requisite to objective thinking, but too much safety seems to yield only danger in the long run. Perhaps this is behind Thoreau’s dictum: In wildness is the salvation of the world. Perhaps this is the hidden meaning in the howl of the wolf, long known among mountains, but seldom perceived among men.”

There are only about 50 Mexican gray wolves known to survive in the wild. They need our help now more than ever. If we want to protect New Mexico’s wild heritage, we must act now to protect the Mexican gray wolf. Please join us in this cause by donating online now. Your contribution will help us fight for more wolf release sites in New Mexico. It will also help us spread much needed outreach about this beautiful creature.



2014 Wolf Stamp FinalThe New Mexico Wilderness Alliance issued its first Mexican Wolf Conservation Stamp in 2011. This collectible stamp is similar to the US Fish and Wildlife’s duck stamp, which funds wetlands conservation– but the stamp is in no way related to hunting. All proceeds from sales of the wolf stamp directly benefit organizations working towards the Mexican gray wolf recovery effort. Proceeds are distributed as grants to educational organizations, wolf habitat restoration projects, and organizations in Mexico dedicated to wolf conservation.

Funds from this stamp go toward Mexican gray wolf conservation. The 4.5×5.5 inch full-color stamp is sold exclusively through NM Wild and is a framing-quality print for collectors.




News About the Mexican Wolves Campaign

Killing wolves increases livestock predation — study

E&E News December 4, 2014 Killing wolves to reduce predation on livestock does not work, according to a new study by researchers at Washington State University. The study found that killing wolves as a management technique may be doing more harm than good. Researchers concluded….

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Lobo Holiday Gift Guide 2014

Shop now. Other Ways to Shop for Wild this Holiday Season GoodShop At GoodShop, up to 30% of every purchase will go to the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance. Find coupons and deals for more than 1,000 stores. Just go to the GoodShop website, type in….

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New Rules May Stymie Endangered Wolf Program

Rita Daniels, KUNM November 14, 2014 Listen to audio The state Game Commission approved a controversial proposal Thursday that critics fear will harm efforts to reintroduce the Mexican grey wolf. The reintroduction program depends on bringing wolves into New Mexico from other states. On a….

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State changes rules for keeping Mexican gray wolves

By Staci Matlock, The New Mexican Thursday, November 13, 2014 In a major policy shift, private landowners in New Mexico will need State Game Commission permission to keep endangered Mexican gray wolves for recovery and reintroduction purposes. The commission adopted the change unanimously Thursday at….

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ENDANGERED SPECIES: Enviros to sue over Mexican gray wolf protections

Emily Yehle, E&E reporter Published: Wednesday, September 10, 2014 Conservation groups plan to sue the Fish and Wildlife Service over the recovery plan for the Mexican gray wolf, arguing that the agency does not have an adequate road map to help the species survive. The….

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