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When it Comes to Family, Wolves and Humans Have Something in Common

“Mom. Mom. Mom. Mom. Mom. Mommy. Mommy. Mommy. Mom. Mom. Mom. Mom. Mom….”

This is what family looks like.

This Mexican gray wolf family represents the Wolf Conservation Center’s active participation to save a species from the brink of extinction.

The WCC is one of 54 facilities in the U.S. and Mexico participating in the Mexican Wolf Species Survival Plan – a bi-national initiative whose primary purpose is to support the reestablishment of Mexican wolves in the wild through captive breeding, public education, and research.

The Mexican gray wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) or “lobo” is the most genetically distinct lineage of wolves in the Western Hemisphere, and one of the most endangered mammals in North America. By the mid-1980s, hunting, trapping, and poisoning caused the extinction of lobos in the wild, with only a handful remaining in captivity. In 1998 the wolves were reintroduced into the wild as part of a federal reintroduction program under the Endangered Species Act. Today in the U.S., there is a single wild population comprising only 97 individuals – a decrease from 110 counted at the end of 2014.

Despite these low numbers, congress is poised to strip critically endangered wolves of their federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. Please contact your senators today to urge them to oppose legislation taking aim at lobos.