The endangered Mexican gray wolf population in Arizona and New Mexico has grown almost 20% in the last year. This is the first sign of population growth since 2007.
This fragile population consists of at least 50 wolves and 2 breeding pairs in the wild, which is positive progress though still lower than the population’s height of 59 wolves in 2006.
Recent policy changes, including an end to “excessive” wolf removals, account for the population’s growth. The Defenders of Wildlife’s Southwest program director Eva Sargent noted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s recent steps to reestablish the endangered wolf’s population, which includes establishing a fund to aid locals who lose their livestock to the hungry wolves.
Illegal slaughter of these endangered wolves is the leading cause of their death. Defenders of Wildlife is calling on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to complete a recovery plan. Visit Defenders of Wildlife for daily updates on these beautiful animals.