USFWS Removing Endangered Mexican Gray Wolves from the Wild to Protect Cows on Public Lands
Contact the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) today to say you oppose removing wolves for livestock.
Two of New Mexico’s wolf families are at risk, and they need your help to stay in the wild.
Last week it came to our attention that members of the Pitchfork Canyon Pack and the Sheepherders Baseball Park (SBP) Pack had been accused of preying on livestock and may face the loss of their freedom and the disruption of their families. Wolves like Estrella (F1853) of the Pitchfork Canyon Pack and Selene (AF1553) of the SBP Pack are depending on us to take action.
Both of these packs are raising young pups, and any disturbance, including removal of a pack member, can be extremely disruptive and sometimes results in the demise of a pack.
These packs are living in very good habitat for wolves on public lands in the Gila National Forest. Multiple packs make this area their home, roaming through the mountains and canyons as wolves would have for millennia before humans arrived.
The area where they live is now also used for livestock grazing, but the livestock are required to be removed from the area this month (October 2020), normal operating procedure for this area, regardless of wolf activity. These wolves should not be disturbed when the movement of the livestock will prevent any further conflicts!
Longer term, there are other proactive, non-lethal solutions that can keep these wolves safe. USFWS and the US Forest Service (USFS) should be supporting such best practices for reducing wolf-livestock conflict.
Native to the Southwestern US and Mexico and considered critically endangered, Mexican wolves have a right to be wild and should not be removed from their homes or separated from their families. There are fewer than 165 Mexican wolves in the wild in the Southwestern US, and every one of them is critical to wolf recovery. We are asking you to raise your voice and encourage the USFWS to let these wolves keep their freedom.
Attempts to non-lethally capture wolves using traps can still put those wolves, and their pups, at risk of injury or even death. Wolves and other wildlife that are not the intended targets of traps can also be impacted. This is not a risk worth taking when the solution of moving livestock exists.
Please take action today – email USFWS via the button below! You can find talking points HERE.
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