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Mexican gray wolves are the most endangered gray wolves in the world and unless more of them are released into the wild, they are doomed to go extinct.

At the end of 2015 there were an estimated 97 Mexican gray wolves remaining in the wild. And just this week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) confirmed that 14 Mexican gray wolf deaths were documented last year, marking the most in any single year since the federal government began reintroducing the predators in New Mexico and Arizona in 1998.

Please take action today. It's critical that we make it clear to the Trump administration that we're not backing down from Mexican gray wolf recovery!

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Dear Secretary of the Interior,

As someone who cares deeply about wildlife, I am a concerned that the lobo, once a conservation success story, is again headed toward extinction in the wild, and I urge you to take action to improve the lobos' chance to survive and recover.

More releases are critical for the survival and recovery of the endangered Mexican gray wolf, and they require a long lead time. Wolves may have to move between facilities to meet their mates, and the receiving facilities may have to create new spaces for them and their pups.

As you may know, the 2015 end of year count in the U.S. found only 97 wild Mexican gray wolves, a decrease of 12% the previous year. Additionally, FWS just confirmed that 14 Mexican gray wolf deaths were documented last year, marking the most in any single year since the federal government began reintroducing the predators in New Mexico and Arizona in 1998.

The genetic situation of this population is even more dire than the numbers suggest. All of the Mexican wolves alive today are descended from just seven founders of a captive breeding program, and years of delaying needed releases of wolves from captivity have caused a genetic crisis — the wild lobos have lost much of the genetic diversity of those seven founding wolves. This genetic loss is causing the wolves to have smaller litters and lowering pup survival. Eventually, if not corrected, it will lead to extinction.

The captive wolves still have genes that are not represented in the wild wolves, so releases of pairs and their pups from captivity will improve the genetic health of the wild population. But last year's wolf releases were curtailed when the state of New Mexico went to court to block the releases. The Service needs to redouble its efforts and be ready this spring to release substantial numbers of wolves.

Thank you for your consideration,

Petition Signatures


Dec 9, 2017 Dalca Carvalho
Dec 9, 2017 Marlen Fuglsang
Dec 8, 2017 Carolyn Jackson I pray the Mexican Grey Wolf can be saved
Dec 7, 2017 Cynthia Sanfilippo
Dec 7, 2017 Heather McFarland
Dec 7, 2017 Steve Walker
Dec 6, 2017 Elli Diemer
Dec 5, 2017 Beth Chao
Dec 5, 2017 Denise Jones
Dec 5, 2017 Chris Bowman Stop the killing wolves are needed and they are important to the wild plus they are a family animal we can learn from them
Dec 5, 2017 Pam Ray5008 I stand for wolves!
Dec 5, 2017 Faye O'Shea Protect the wolf and all other wild creatures
Dec 5, 2017 Candy Punia
Dec 5, 2017 Brenda Allen
Dec 5, 2017 Jessica Black
Dec 5, 2017 Michele Jankelow
Dec 5, 2017 tecumseh tekawana
Dec 4, 2017 Susan Durant
Dec 4, 2017 Ed Davis As you may know, the 2015 end of year count in the U.S. found only 97 wild Mexican gray wolves, a decrease of 12% the previous year. Additionally, FWS just confirmed that 14 Mexican gray wolf deaths were documented last year, marking the most in any singl
Dec 4, 2017 James n Lubash
Dec 4, 2017 Barbara Baggs
Dec 4, 2017 Shelley Wyndham
Dec 4, 2017 dana utt
Dec 4, 2017 Rosanna Gianfrancesco
Dec 3, 2017 Juliana Codnia
Dec 3, 2017 Spomenka Hionis Agreed with Nancy,will "humans" be happy untill the destroy everything on this planet
Dec 3, 2017 ANNA Peneva
Dec 2, 2017 Nancy Raymond These wolves are endangered - why the hell are they being targeted? Will this world not be happy until there is no more wildlife left?
Dec 1, 2017 KAREN WASSING
Dec 1, 2017 Lina Cezner
Dec 1, 2017 Marina TONNERRE
Nov 30, 2017 Deborah Glavin
Nov 30, 2017 Elena Prokopchuk
Nov 30, 2017 Christina Fairhurst
Nov 30, 2017 Katarina Terning
Nov 29, 2017 Pamela Morris
Nov 29, 2017 Anne Shackman
Nov 28, 2017 Deborah Searles
Nov 28, 2017 Marie Goodman
Nov 28, 2017 Helen Briner
Nov 28, 2017 Sue Jarrett
Nov 28, 2017 Alex Stall
Nov 28, 2017 Penny Millar Do something to save these wolves
Nov 28, 2017 Paula Parker
Nov 28, 2017 MATTIA FOSCHI
Nov 27, 2017 Ileana Schartner
Nov 27, 2017 Suzi Goller
Nov 27, 2017 Diane Ryan They need protection not killing. They are endangered and should be protected.
Nov 27, 2017 Gloria Wood
Nov 27, 2017 Marilyn Valley

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