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Lobos: An Essential Piece Of the Southwest Landscape

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 become extinct in the wild.

When Mexican wolves were exterminated in the wild southwest, mule deer populations rose. The overabundance of deer resulted in habitat degradation.  By regulating grazing and browsing wildlife populations and affecting prey behavior, wolves safeguard the habitat, enable many other species to flourish, & allow the system  to support a natural level of biodiversity. Changes in Mexican wolf populations have trickle-down effects on other populations, a scientific phenomenon known as a “trophic cascade,” and certifiable indicator that wolves are an ESSENTIAL piece of the landscape.

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 it is imperative that USFWS designates the remaining 75 wild lobos as essential population. It’s crucial to the recovery of the rare species and the health of their ecosystem. Lobos depend up this re-designation, we cannot allow industry and recreation govern the recovery of North America’s most endangered wolf.

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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5 Responses to Lobos: An Essential Piece Of the Southwest Landscape

  1. Beatriz Beisiegel says:

    Top predators and among the most beautiful creatures in Earth. Essential not only to a local landscape, but to the planet’s heritage also.

  2. heidi lynn ahlstrand says:

    lobos are essential and are just as important as the sun and moon,along with all of Gods creatures.

  3. Sandra Gill says:

    Wolves have been and will always be an essential part of the ecosystem…the same as crows, bears, vultures, coyotes, raccoons, opossum, ground hogs, etched. All these animals evolved as essential on this earth! Wanton granting of license to kill wolves will eventually ruin the delicate balance of the creatures in the ecosystem.

  4. The Mexican gray wolves are a very real & necessary part of the ecosystem. This ecosystem was designed by Mother Nature. It is designed to balance the various animals that are a part of this system. It, basically, polices itself and maintains the various species, without exception.

    We should not impose ourselves into this balance for we will not be able to duplicate the balance in this manner.

    The Mexican gray wolf, as a whole, is a very endangered breed. And, it is a very short step from endangered to extinct.

    Protect and Respect.

    Thank you,

  5. The Mexican Gray Wolf is an essential part of the ecosystem of the Southwest. It is a endangered breed, as such it is a very short step from endangered to that of being extinct. We need to protect and respect, not eradicate.

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