gray wolves face a
challenging recovery.

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Protect Mexican gray wolves

Mexican gray wolves became a tragic player in the "taming of the west" where habitat loss along with eradication efforts to protect livestock completely eliminated them from their natural territories by 1970. In 1998, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reintroduced this iconic species into special wolf management zones. The reintroduction has been fraught as ranchers fear predation and conservationists see the reintroduction as vital to re-establishing a truly natural habitat. While there are mitigation efforts to reduce loss of cattle, emotions run high. New Mexico Wild is at the forefront of protecting our small wolf population and keeping remote areas of the state wild enough for them to thrive. Fortunately, there has been some good news recently, as a federal judge has ordered the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to develop a recovery plan that addresses the illegal killings of Mexican gray wolves.

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Wilderness and Wild and Scenic designations are paramount in order to protect the Mexican gray wolf from illegal killings

There are 186 Mexican gray wolves known to survive in the wilds of southwestern New Mexico and southeastern Arizona. If we want to protect New Mexico’s wild heritage, we must act now to protect the Mexican gray wolf. That’s why New Mexico Wild remains committed to advocating for the conservation of the wild places that Mexican gray wolves call home.