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Mexican Gray Wolves

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The Mexican gray wolf is emblematic of the wild Southwest. Moreover, it is a keystone species, a top predator that–if populations were allowed to return to a viable size– would help maintain healthy herds of native ungulates such as elk and deer. Despite how essential this species is to New Mexico’s ecology, endangered Mexican gray wolves continues to be threatened by hostile humans who illegally kill them.

There are just over 100 Mexican gray wolves known to survive in the wild. If we want to protect New Mexico’s wild heritage, we must act now to protect the Mexican gray wolf. That’s why New Mexico Wild remains committed to advocating for the conservation of the wild places that Mexican gray wolves call home. 

wolf 01THE MEXICAN GRAY WOLF AND NEW MEXICO WILD

In New Mexico, the Mexican gray wolf resides primarily in the Gila region.

Beginning in summer 2013, New Mexico Wild began conducting citizen-based wilderness inventories throughout the Gila National Forest. We estimate there are more than one million acres of public lands eligible for wilderness designation or other protective measures in the Gila region.

Our goal is the permanent protection of these areas through the creation and expansion of Wilderness in the Gila region, together with designating the Gila River and other eligible streams as Wild and Scenic Rivers. These Wilderness and Wild and Scenic designations are paramount in order to protect the Mexican gray wolf from illegal killings so it can thrive in the wild.

LEGAL ACTION

New Mexico Wild has taken a leading role in litigation intended to protect the Mexican gray wolf. 

As a party to two lawsuits filed against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, New Mexico Wild is pushing the agency to improve its management of the wolf population as well as its recovery plan. A judge ruled in favor of New Mexico Wild and the other plaintiffs in both cases. As a result, Fish and Wildlife will have 25 months from April 2018 to develop a new management plan for the Mexican gray wolf.

New Mexico Wild also brought a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice regarding the "McKittrick Policy," which prohibits the prosecution of indivicuals who kill endangered wildlife unless it can be proven that the individual knew that the wildlife was endangered prior to the kill. New Mexico Wild and the other plaintiffs ultimately were unsuccessful in their appeal to the 9th Circuit of the federal Court of Appeals to overturn this policy on procedural grounds. However, New Mexico Wild continues to look for other avenues to overturn the policy to provide increased protection for Mexican gray wolves. 

FOREST SERVICE PLANNING

New Mexico Wild is actively making recommendations to the Gila National Forest to include a Mexican gray wolf management plan in their forest service planning process.

2019 WOLF STAMP CONTEST

New Mexico Wild invites submissions for the 2019 Mexican Wolf Conservation Stamp. Artists worldwide are invited to enter two-dimensional drawings, paintings, or photographs featuring the Mexican gray wolf.  The winning artwork will be featured on the 2019 stamp that will be sold to raise funds to support Mexican wolf conservation and education projects. All artwork must be scalable to the size of the stamp, 4.5-inches wide by 5.5-inches tall. Please submit electronic images of original artwork by February 28, 2019 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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