What is the Mexican Gray Wolf?
The Mexican gray wolf (Canis lupus baileyi), or “lobo,” is the smallest, southernmost occurring, rarest, and most genetically distinct subspecies of gray wolf in North America. It once occurred in the mountainous regions of the Southwest from central Mexico throughout portions of Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona, and perhaps even farther north, as suggested by more recent research. Aggressive predator control programs towards the turn of the century all but exterminated the Mexican wolf from the wild. With the capture of the last 5 remaining Mexican wolves in the wild in Mexico from 1977 - 1980, a captive-breeding program was initiated and saved the Mexican wolf from extinction. Today, there are approximately 186 wolves back in the wilds with 114 in New Mexico and 72 in Arizona.
Just The Facts!
With the capture of the last 5 remaining Mexican wolves in the wild in Mexico from 1977 - 1980, a captive-breeding program was initiated and saved the Mexican wolf from extinction. Today, the captive population consists of approximately 300 animals, and encompasses over 45 zoos and wildlife facilities throughout the United States and Mexico.
Respiratory problems, Digestive problems, Calving problems, Weather related, Unknown non-predator, Other non-predator, Other diseases, Lameness/injury, Coyotes, Mastitis, Metabolic problems, Poisoning, Dogs, Mountain lions and bobcats, Theft, Other predators and Vultures INDIVIDUALLY CAUSE MORE CATTLE DEATHS THAN WOLVES!
The Slaughter Continues!
A slaughter of wolves is underway in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming that has no precedent in the past 100 years. Hunters in Idaho can shoot or trap as many as they like year-round on private land. They can lure wolves within gun range by putting out bait, run them down to exhaustion using A.T.V.s and snowmobiles and stalk them after dark using night vision technology. Baiting and night hunting are also allowed on private land in Montana, where an individual can kill up to 20 wolves a year by hunting and trapping them. Both states allow bounty payments on dead wolves, which incentivize the bloodshed. In Wyoming, there is no limit on the number that can be killed across 85 percent of the state. (Excerpted from The New York Times article, A Slaughter of Wolves Like This Hasn’t Been Seen in a Century.)