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Join the #iamessential Movement for Lobos

The Mexican gray wolf or “lobo” (Canis lupus baileyi) is the southernmost and most genetically distinct subspecies of gray wolf in the North America.  In the late 1800s, there was a national movement to  eradicate wolves and other large predators from the wild landscape in the United States. Wolves were trapped, shot, and poisoned.  Bounties were paid. By the mid-1900s, Mexican wolves had been effectively exterminated in the wild here in our country.

With the only lobos remaining in captivity, the Mexican wolf was listed by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) as an endangered species in 1976. USFWS founded the Mexican Wolf Recovery Team shortly thereafter and prepared the Mexican Wolf Recovery Plan, which contains the following objective:

“To conserve and ensure the survival of C. l. baileyi by maintaining a captive breeding program and re-establishing a viable, self-sustaining population of at least 100 Mexican wolves in the middle to high elevations of a 5,000-square mile area within the Mexican wolf’s historic range.”

Fifteen years ago 11 captive-reared Mexican gray were released to the wild for the first time in the Blue Range Recovery Area – a small portion of their ancestral home in the wild southwest. It’s is within this small area that Mexican wolves have struggled for a decade and a half, failing to ever reach the population goal of 100.  Artificial boundaries, state politics, and USFWS’s designation of all wild lobos as a “experimental, nonessential” population, have put  recovery in a choke-hold.  Now is the time to demand progress – management actions are urgently required for the long term survival of Mexican gray wolves.

Although Mexican gray wolves are exempt from USFWS’s nationwide delsiting proposal, lobos will be subject to other provisions that are very problematic – like their re-designation as an “experimental, nonessential” population.

This designation means that if all 75 wild lobos are killed, this will not negatively impact lobo recovery because lobo genes are well represented in captivity.  This is absurd.

In 1998, there were only 11 wild lobos (all released from captivity) when USFWS’s declared the wild population “nonessential,” and they made up only 7% of all Mexican wolves in the world. Now the 75 wolves in the wild have up to four generations of experience in establishing packs and raising pups and represent 22% of all Mexican wolves in the world.

As a participant in the Mexican gray wolf Species Survival and Recovery Plan and home to 14 critically endangered lobos, our efforts to conserve this wolf is priority. Please join the #iamessential movement and tell USFWS that recovery cannot exist in captivity alone.  It is imperative that USFWS designates the wild population as essential and that additional captive-to-wild releases occur ASAP.  Lobo recovery and genetic health depends up these management steps.

It’s not only crucial to the recovery of the species that wild Mexican wolves be designated as essential, it’s also the appropriate designation ecologically and morally.

Speak up for lobos online or in person:

  • #ineedyouinABQ! Submit your comment in person in Albuquerque on October 4, 2013: More info about the hearing here.

Thank you!

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17 Responses to Join the #iamessential Movement for Lobos

  1. Lynn Patrick says:

    Please protect Hesse wonderful creatures of God..they are a very special part of this world. Just please leave them alone. They won’t hurt us. They are not monsters. They are kind and loving animal, if you leave them to their selfs..

  2. Ingrid Mattsson says:

    The wolfs play an important role in the ecosystem and without them you will interrupt the natural food chain and wildlife will suffer.

  3. Amber says:

    We need more wolves!! We need less humans!

  4. terri vandehey says:

    We need to protect our Wolves they are needed in the ecosystem they have the right to live and run free!!!

  5. Regina Epley says:

    The wolves are important to the ecosystem and its balance. To do away with wolves would not be a “good thing”. The wildlife will suffer without them!

  6. Diane McKeel says:

    Like many species of wildlife, they are struggling to survive due to loss of habitat, food, and water.
    They serve an essential role in the ecosystem and they should be valued and helped by people of compassion for the amazing sacred animals that they are.

  7. Valerie Neville says:

    All animals are essential and deserve to live their lives in peace without interference from humans!

  8. Joanne Yadao says:

    Wolves play a very important role in nature’s ecosystem. Without them, the delicate balance of nature is disrupted to the point of overpopulation of other species and then their habitat is ruined and there isn’t enough vegetation to sustain it. The wolves were put on this earth to keep that balance, just like orcas and sharks were put in the ocean. These iconic creatures are supposed to be plentiful on this planet to keep nature in balance.

  9. Janet Caruso says:

    “The time has arrived to deliver us from the cowboy politics of the old west and embark on a new west that emphasizes ecological restoration, biological diversity and the sound and sustainable management of our last remaining wild places. The time has come where we must increase our ecological literacy, where we must recognize the right’s of nature, and where we must learn to co-exist with some of life’s most beautiful creatures: in this case the grey wolf.”

  10. ac romano says:

    let them run free.

  11. Karen livingtone says:

    Wolves were wiped out in the UK in the Middle Ages when humans did not know any better. Today we do know better so there is NO excuse for allowing these wonderful and ESSENTIAL animals to be pushed to extinction.

  12. Il est impératif que USFMS désigne la population sauvage comme essentiel.Merci

  13. Bonnie Dunn Matkov says:

    Wolves serve an important role in the ecosystem….wolves are essential to our well being…..we must find ways to co-exist…

  14. Cathy Gottsch says:

    Do not let these animals go the way of so many others. They are an ESSENTIAL part of the ecosystem, a HEALTHY ecosystem.

  15. Lauren Goyne says:

    We need the wolves more than they need us. If we lose the wolves, then we lose a part of ourselves.

  16. Anginette Bromlie-Estey says:

    Please save our little brothers & sisters.

  17. marie davis says:

    Wolves must be saved- they are essetial, neccssary,and wanted. wolves are sentient beings- they feel emotions, they are a vital and extremely important species that is much needed in the eco- system. The wolves are vital natural predators. PLEASE DO NOT DE-LIST THEM. WE NEED TO PROTECT THEM FROM POACHERS AND HUNTERS. THE WOLVES HAVE NOT FULLY RECOVERED. Overhalf of the American population wants the wolves to be protected and to keep these BEAUTIFUL SENTIENT WOLVES ON THE ENDANGERED LIST.90-95 PERCENT OF HUMANS VACATION WHERE THERE ARE ACTIVE WILDLIFE SI IN FULL BLOOM- PEOPLE WANT TO SEE AND EXPERIENCE NATURE AND WILDLIFE AT ITS MOST SPLENDER, WE CAN NOT TAKE A WAY THIS RIGHT TO EXIST- THE WOLVES NEED TO BE SAVED AND PROTECTED- DO NOT DE-LIST THESE AWSOME WOLVES- WE ARE THEIR VOICE.

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