Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Wild Mexican Gray Wolf Population is Up to 50

February 1, 2011 - Federal wildlife officials announced that they counted 50 wild Mexican gray wolves in vast stretch of forest between southeast Arizona and southwest New Mexico.  The Fish and Wildlife Service's southwest regional director, Benjamin Tuggle, said the data from the USFWS's annual survey includes 29 wolves in Arizona and 21 in New Mexico. This news is encouraging as the wild Mexican wolf population numbered less than 40 at the end of 2010.   Will the Mexican wolf, one of the rarest mammals in our North America, continue to grow in coming years?  It's possible they won't be granted the opportunity if wolf bill H.R. 509 is passed. Last week Denny Rehberg (R-MT) introduced this bill into the House of Representatives which aims to strip all protections from gray wolves nationwide.
Click here to read more about this year's annual survey as posted on AZCentral.com.
To learn more about H.R. 509, please read last week's post "Don't Get so Emotional."

4 comments:

Jean Ossorio said...

There were several contributing factors to this nearly 20% increase in the population between the end of 2009 and the end of 2010. One of those factors appears to have been much better pup survival. Another is undoubtedly the cumulative effect of zero wolf removals for livestock depredations over the past three years. The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service deserves much credit for resisting pressure to remove wolves.

Another positive development has been the increased use of proactive measures to prevent depredations. The total number of confirmed wolf depredations fell to less than a dozen in 2010.

If lobos are removed from Endangered Species Act protection and management is handed to the states, it is almost certain that predator "control" would soon return in force. That is what would happen if HR509 passes.

Michael said...

Where the impressive picture is from ?

nywolf said...

Hi Michael,
The photo was taken at the Wolf Conservation Center by the WCC's operations manager, Spencer Wilhelm. This lobo is one of the 16 that currently reside off exhibit at our facility.

Michael said...

Thank you for the info.

"The eyes of a wolf behind a veil of dancing snowflakes"

Doesn't he laugh at us?
I could understand it:
His brothers and sisters may be killed, but he knows we will follow, we are so crazy.