These critically endangered Mexican gray wolves represent one of the two potential lobo pairs chosen for release by USFWS! Later this summer, Mexican wolves F1362, M1196, yearling f1494, and pups of the year should be released in the Gila Wilderness of New Mexico. No more fence-lines, just the vast wilderness to explore and bring to balance.

But someone is poised to block their freedom, and she’s not a scientist…

Under Governor Susana Martinez, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in May and obtained an injunction barring the federal agency from releasing wolves into the wild in the state. The federal government and conservation organizations have appealed that injunction, but while the appeal is being decided the Mexican wolf’s genetic plight is worsening.

The Service has a responsibility under federal law to facilitate recovery of the critically endangered species and releases are a central part of that effort. Here’s hoping the federal appeals court agrees.

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It’s safe to come out, lobos… #LoboWeek begins today!

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On March 29, 1998, 11 captive-reared Mexican gray wolves (Canis lupus baileyi) were released to the wild for the first time in Arizona and New Mexico. Missing from the landscape for more than 30 years, the howl of the rarest and most unique subspecies of gray wolf was once again greeted by the mountains of the southwest. This March marks the 19th anniversary of this historic event, a significant milestone for the lobo and wildlife conservation.

In recognition of the anniversary, the Wolf Conservation Center is among the rapidly growing group of partners participating #LoboWeek, an international movement to educate people about the Mexican wolf or “lobo” and our efforts to successfully restore this critically endangered wolf to its ancestral home in the wild.

All week long, the WCC will be celebrating the wild anniversary with interesting lobo facts, ways to take action, special events, “Lobo Loot” giveaways and more!

Learn how you can take part in the celebration and download free #LoboWeek photos!

LoboWeek Toolkit

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Moments ago, the Senate passed S.J. RES. 18 by a vote of 52 to 47 to allow the killing of denning wolves and pups, hibernating bears, and other predators on national refuges land in Alaska.

Alaska’s unethical predator hunting has been a flash point in a growing battle between state and federal officials over who has authority over federal lands. On August 3, 2016, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service took a big positive step and joined its sister-agency, the National Park Service, in finalizing regulations for national wildlife refuges in Alaska that effectively overruled an Alaska state law that encouraged the extreme and excessive killing of bears, wolves and coyotes to promote game animals.

In passing S.J. RES. 18, the Senate joined the House and voted to nullify this important rule and allow cruel and inhumane wildlife management practices on Alaska’s wildlife refuges. See how your Senators voted here.

These lands are OUR lands, not Alaska’s. As long as our collective tax dollars help to support them, we, through our representatives, have every right to speak on behalf of science-based management.

We will not give up.

The greatest danger to the future of wolves and all wildlife is apathy. As always, we appreciate your help and active support. Thank you.

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