While we are still struggling to understand exactly what happened with F1105, the Mexican wolf who was killed last week in New Mexico, we just keep thinking that the answer is to release more wolves into the wild. The blow of F1105's death wouldn't be quite so tragic if there was a robust wild population, and if it hadn't come on the heels of three other deaths in the last two months. (More here and here; all three are suspicious in our opinion.)
From the comments on our previous post about F1105's death,
There are only about 50 Mexican gray wolves("lobos") in the wilds of New Mexico and Arizona--not enough to ensure their survival. More than 300 lobos are in captivity, waiting to be released into the wild as part of a reintroduction program. Releasing wolves directly into New Mexico--where the best remaining unoccupied habitat exists--is critical to quickly boosting numbers and gene diversity in the wild population, but for bureaucratic reasons the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) won't do it, citing an outdated rule that prevents direct releases into New Mexico. The FWS could easily change this rule by issuing an Environmental Assessment and putting it out for public review, but it refuses to do so. Tell the FWS to take action before it's too late for Mexican wolves.Thanks, Anonymous, for alerting our readers to this opportunity to weigh in. Now, Dear Readers, please do!
Please tell US Fish and Wildlife Service: Release Mexican wolves into New Mexico before it's too late. Sign our petition at http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/tell-us-fish-and-wildlife-service-release-mexican-wolves-into-new-mexico-before-its-too-late/