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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) just released its annual Mexican gray wolf population count – only 114 wild lobos remain in Arizona and New Mexico. The critically endangered population experienced a net increase of ONE WOLF since a count of 113 lobos was recorded in 2017.

The slight population growth has been tempered by illegal killings and removals throughout 2017. 12 Mexican gray wolves died of unknown causes and USFWS, the very agency tasked with recovering this critically endangered species, killed one wolf last year.

“Despite the efforts of state and federal agencies and some in the livestock industry to limit their recovery, these highly endangered wolves persist,” said Sandy Bahr, chapter director for Sierra Club’s Grand Canyon Chapter. “Persisting is not enough, however, we need wolves to thrive in order to have a truly recovered animal. That means more wolves in more places, including Grand Canyon, and connected populations.”

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Are red wolves on the brink of extinction? According to experts, yes.

WNYC Radio, along with science and nature writer DeLene Beeland, investigates the challenges facing red wolf recovery.

One of the most dangerous threats to critically endangered red wolves, according to Beeland, is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – the very agency tasked with saving these rare canids.

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BREAKING!

This handsome fella (M1606, also known as “Jack”) was spotted in a copulatory tie with F2121 (“Charlotte”) this morning! She was probably taken in by his amber eyes, striking features, and genetic value to the red wolf species.

his is an exciting first step to their potential contribution of pups to the recovery of their rare species. The gestation period for wolves is 63 days so mark your calendar – they might have some adorable reasons to celebrate come April!

Learn more about red wolves here.

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