Mexican gray wolf

Release of Three Mexican Gray Wolf Packs Needed to Put Recovery Back on Track

SILVER CITY, N.M.— Twenty-five conservation groups called on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today to release three more Mexican gray wolf packs, specifically mating pairs with pups, to the Gila Wilderness in New Mexico this summer.

Further releases are badly needed to improve numbers and enhance genetic diversity of the endangered canines to give the species a chance at survival. 

Release of packs was used to get reintroduction off the ground in 1998. But in 2007 the Service halted almost all releases of captive-born wolves due to pressure from the livestock industry seeking to limit expansion of the wolves’ numbers and range. Then in 2016 the Service switched to “cross-fostering,” the release of captive-born pups into existing packs in the wild and without their parents.  

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