Target: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe
Goal: Investigate the shooting death of a Mexican gray wolf in New Mexico, and implement a recovery plan for the remaining Mexican wolf population
There are fewer than 80 Mexican gray wolves remaining, and only two breeding pairs among them. Recently, a female Mexican gray wolf who had been denning with pups in New Mexico was found shot to death, and her pups are assumed to be dead. Urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to provide a thorough investigation into the wolf’s death, and to implement a recovery plan for Mexican gray wolves in the United States.
The alpha female wolf, known as F1008, was 6 years old and born in the wild. She was captured with her pack and placed in Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. F1108 whelped her pups in Gila National Forest, but she left the den site and was found dead not far from there. According to the Los Angeles Times, Mexican wolves are a recognized wolf sub-species that retains federal protections despite the recent revocation of endangered species protections for wolves in the Northern Rockies and Great Lakes.
Mexican gray wolves have been met with resistance from ranchers and landowners because of several isolated attacks on cattle. The wolves face death by illegal means or by legal removal because of livestock conflicts.
The Mexican gray wolf is one of the nation’s most iconic yet imperiled animals. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must act now to investigate the killing of F1108 and implement a science-based recovery action plan for the dozens of wolves that remain. Sign the petition below to tell the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to stand up for these animals.
Dear Director Ashe,
I urge you to thoroughly investigate the shooting death of F1108, the female Mexican gray wolf who was found dead in late June 2013, and to implement a plan based in science for the recovery of this species.
There are fewer than 80 Mexican gray wolves remaining, and only two breeding pairs. Given this extremely small population, the death of even one Mexican gray wolf is a tragedy; the loss of an alpha female and her pups is devastating. It is vital that the shooting be investigated thoroughly.
In addition to a full investigation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must implement a recovery plan for the few Mexican gray wolves remaining. For F1108, it is too late, but the remaining wolves can and must be protected from harm from both illegal killings and legal removal.
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