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Mexican Wolf Numbers Up by Just One Animal From Last Year

'Lobo' Gravely Endangered by Inadequate Recovery Effort

SILVER CITY, N.M.— The U.S. population of critically endangered Mexican gray wolves in New Mexico and Arizona increased by just one animal — from 113 to 114 —during 2017, according to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service census announced today.

Those numbers include 51 wolves in New Mexico and 63 in Arizona. Appointees to a federal Mexican wolf recovery team estimated the population needs to reach 750 individuals to no longer be at risk of extinction.

“This stagnation in numbers is troubling because the Mexican gray wolf faces so many challenges to recovery that every individual’s survival counts,” said Michael Robinson, a conservation advocate with the Center for Biological Diversity. “This is a warning bell that the Fish and Wildlife Service needs to release more captive animals to increase the health of the wild population.”

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