The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service finalized a deeply flawed recovery plan for the Mexican gray wolf. Responding to objections from state officials, the plan limits recovery efforts to south of Interstate 40 and sets population targets well below what federal scientists have determined are needed for Mexican gray wolves to be considered stable. Photo: Gary Kramer
A new report released today by Wildlands Network highlights how 4 wildlife species native to the U.S.-Mexico borderlands are critically imperiled by existing and proposed border wall construction. “Four Species on the Brink” summarizes habitat, population data, and bi-national conservation efforts for Sonoran pronghorn, black bear, jaguar and Mexican wolf. Photo: Juan Carlos Bravo
A new letter written by eight internationally-respected scientific experts, published in this month’s Journal of Wildlife Management, directly challenges the information relied on by state and federal wildlife agencies to limit the recovery range for Mexican wolves in the United States. The newly published work provides significant evidence that the draft Mexican wolf recovery plan, released in June, requires revisions to be scientifically credible. Photo: Juan Carlos Bravo
Many of the nation’s top Mexican wolf recovery biologists have submitted comments blasting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) recently released Draft Mexican Wolf Recovery Plan. Photo: Juan Carlos Bravo
When writer Paula MacKay decided to join Wildlands friends on a float trip down the Upper Missouri River, she stepped out of her comfort zone and into the waterway traveled by Lewis and Clark more than 200 years ago. In the final section of her travel essay, she explores the rewards of river time and the challenges of being a conservationist. Photo: Robert Long
In this editorial, Wildlands Network’s Kim Crumbo and the Sierra Club’s Sandy Bahr criticize the United State’s Fish and Wildlife Service’s Mexican wolf recovery plan for ignoring recovery recommendations from the scientific community. Photo: Jose Luis Magana, AP.
Wildlands Network is hitting the road this month to inventory potential sites for new wildlife crossings along Highway 2, which roughly parallels the U.S.-Mexico border, in the Sky Islands of Sonora, Mexico. Photo: Wildlands Network
Recently, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a draft recovery plan for Mexican gray wolves. Wildlands Network has been preparing for this moment for a very long time. We expected to be disappointed by many of the components of the recovery plan, as well as its overall vision. Unfortunately, USFWS met our expectations. Photo: Juan Carlos Bravo
OUR VISION IS SIMPLE: we live for the day when Grizzly Bears in Chihuahua have an unbroken connection to Grizzlies in Alaska; when Gray Wolf populations are continuous from Mexico to Labrador; when vast unbroken forests and flowing plains again thrive and support pre-Columbian populations of plants and animals; when humans dwell with respect, harmony, and affection for the land; when we come to live no longer as strangers and aliens on this continent.
Highway 2 runs parallel to the international border along one of the most biodiverse regions of North America. From the town of Ímuris in Sonora to the little community of Janos in Chihuahua, this highway creates a rift in a landscape that must remain open to provide connectivity for jaguars and other wildlife. Photo: Jan Schipper
Ajos-Bavispe is the name we all use to name the reserve in the center of the Sonoran Sky Islands, a few miles south of Arizona in the Mexican State of Sonora. Photo: Luis Portillo
Ajos-Bavispe es el nombre con el que todos conocemos a la reserva al centro de las Islas del Cielo en Sonora. Foto: Luis Portillo
Tell US Fish and Wildlife Service to stop playing politics with the lobo’s survival. For far too long, the Service has allowed anti-wolf politics to drive Mexican wolves towards extinction.
Conservation funding mainstay, the Wilburforce Foundation, has rewarded Utah conservationist Kim Crumbo with its coveted Conservation Leadership Award. “The award is symbolic of our deep and abiding thanks to Kim for his commitment to protecting the wildest of the wild,” said Wilburforce’s founder, Rose Letwin.
Geneticist Rich Fredrickson explains how ‘management’ of the Mexican gray wolf population can affect the captive population and why genetics are so important to lobo recovery, in this Mexican wolf briefing recorded in March 2016.