On February 21, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released its annual count of Mexican gray wolves living in remote areas of western New Mexico and eastern Arizona. The Service counted 114 wolves, essentially no change from last year’s population numbers. It’s bad news for the imperiled lobo.
Among the reasons for the disheartening numbers: arbitrary limits to lobos’ range and population; frequent and unpunished human-caused killings; and a genetic bottleneck among the lobos that remain—not to mention a deeply flawed “recovery plan” released by the Trump administration that does more harm than help to the wolves.
Clearly, full recovery for lobos remains a distant goal. Only by putting politics aside, and by increasing its efforts to recover this iconic subspecies of wolf, can the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service enable it to thrive.
Read the press release.