The Mexican wolf, or Lobo, is America’s most endangered gray wolf. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is asking for input on the revised the 10(j) rule that governs management of the endangered Mexican gray wolf. This is your opportunity to tell USFWS what it must do for the Mexican wolf’s long-term survival.
Submit comments to USFWS here, and see below for our recommendation of points to include.
- Change the Mexican wolf wild population’s classification under the Endangered Species Act to “essential” experimental population. With only 163 animals in the wild, this vulnerable population is essential to the wolf’s long-term survival.
- The revised rule needs to provide for more wolves in more places. Independent scientists have determined that at least three ecologically connected populations—totaling at least 750 wolves—must be established in the U.S. Southwest. The current recovery zone must expand to include areas north of Interstate Highway 40: the Grand Canyon Ecoregion of northern Arizona and southern Utah; and the Southern Rockies of Colorado and New Mexico.
- More wolves from the captive population need to be released into the wild. The genetic health of the wild population is steadily declining. In addition to placing captive pups into wild dens (called cross-fostering), the USFWS must to release more well-bonded adult pairs with pups from the captive population.