We Can Shape the Future and the Plight of the Mexican Wolves

Target: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Senators

Goal: To release more Mexican wolves into the wild so they will continue to exist in the natural world.

Mexican wolves once roamed freely in the wild, but now there are only about 50 left in New Mexico and Arizona. This is a dangerously low number making them the most endangered of their kind. There is a recovery plan taking shape by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services but they are failing to do what they intended initially; which was to release more Mexican wolves into the wild so that their population could grow. It is thought that they are not releasing the wolves to their rightful home because of  bureaucratic reasons and farmers who don’t want their livestock placed in danger.

This refusal to release Mexican wolves into the wild puts the entire species in danger of extinction, it is time that these magnificent animals are respected. We cannot continue to hold onto the notion that wolves are evil: this idea has been a part of ancient history. As children many of us were read Little Red Riding Hood which depicts the wolf as a bloodthirsty monster that should be feared. Wolves have been condemned for their savage nature since 500 BCE; in literature, mythology and religion they have long been described as evil. This has created a powerful stereotype of these creatures which is ingrained in the imaginations of people. However, the stark truth is that the lives of these deeply sympathetic and beautifully savage creatures are in danger.

We are not dealing with imaginary tales, this is reality and the future of Mexican wolves is grim if they are not released into the wild. The USFWS has the power to legalize the release of captive wolves into New Mexico, this must be done immediately. There are about 300 captive grey wolves, many need to be released into the wild where they can continue the legacy of their incredible species. We have condemned the wolf for what our imaginations have perceived it to be; a savage killer which in reality is a reflection of that we have become.


Dear US Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Senators,

Mexican wolves are threatened with extinction, they are the most endangered wolf. There are only 50 left in the wild and this number will continue to dwindle if more wolves are not released into the wild. The USFWS has begun a recovery plan, but has not released any Mexican wolves into the wild since 2008.

This ambitious recovery plan must continue or the Mexican wolf species could become extinct. Please take the necessary actions to update policies and release the wolves so that their legacy will live on.


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  1. Julie van Niekerk says:

    Wolves have more pride and integrity than most humans.


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