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Two wolf families need your help!

Contact the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) today to say you oppose removing wolves for livestock. (10/23/20)

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Two of New Mexico’s wolf families are at risk, and they need your help to stay in the wild.

It has come to our attention that members of the Pitchfork Canyon Pack and the Sheepherders Baseball Park (SBP) Pack have been accused of preying on livestock and may face the loss of their freedom and the disruption of their families. Wolves like Estrella (F1853) of the Pitchfork Canyon Pack and Selene (AF1553) of the SBP Pack are depending on us to take action.

Both of these packs are raising young pups, and any disturbance, including removal of a pack member, can be extremely disruptive and sometimes results in the demise of a pack.

These packs are living in very good habitat for wolves on public lands in the Gila National Forest. Multiple packs make this area their home, roaming through the mountains and canyons as wolves would have for millennia before humans arrived.

The area where they live is now also used for livestock grazing, but the livestock are required to be removed from the area this month (October 2020), normal operating procedure for this area, regardless of wolf activity. These wolves should not be disturbed when the movement of the livestock will prevent any further conflicts!

Longer term, there are other proactive, non-lethal solutions that can keep these wolves safe. USFWS and the US Forest Service (USFS) should be supporting such best practices for reducing wolf-livestock conflict.

Native to the Southwestern US and Mexico and considered critically endangered, Mexican wolves have a right to be wild and should not be removed from their homes or separated from their families. There are fewer than 165 Mexican wolves in the wild in the Southwestern US, and every one of them is critical to wolf recovery. We are asking you to raise your voice and encourage the USFWS to let these wolves keep their freedom.

Attempts to non-lethally capture wolves using traps can still put those wolves, and their pups, at risk of injury or even death. Wolves and other wildlife that are not the intended targets of traps can also be impacted. This is not a risk worth taking when the solution of moving livestock exists.

Save Selene! Exonerate Estrella! Protect the Packs!

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Say you oppose removing wolves because of livestock and tell them to keep the Pitchfork Canyon and Sheepherders Baseball Park Packs wild! Please do not delay, as every second counts for these rare wolves.

Please remember to be civil when providing your comments. Please avoid threats and remain focused on the facts that support leaving these wolves in peace in the wild.

Personalize these talking points when you contact USFWS:

  • Wolves should not be removed from the wild because of livestock.
  • The Sheepherders Baseball Park and Pitchfork Canyon Packs have young pups. Pups need their families together to have the best possible chances of surviving.
  • Wolves should be allowed to live in the habitat that is available to them. Humans need to make efforts to live successfully with wolves and other wildlife, and wildlife shouldn’t pay the price when humans choose to come into their homes.
  • There are solutions that reduce conflict between wolves and livestock. Removing the livestock from the area is a short-term solution that will work to allow the Sheepherders Baseball Park and Pitchfork Canyon Packs to remain in the wild.
  • Long-term, USFWS and USFS should be supporting best practices to reduce wolf-livestock conflict. Implementing these best practices should be a requirement for livestock grazing on public lands.
  • The growth of the Mexican wolf population is encouraging, but the population is still small, and individual wolves still matter to recovery.
  • Wolves have been injured by traps. Please do not put wolves at risk by placing traps when other solutions exist.


TAKE ACTION! US Fish & Wildlife Begins 60-Day Public Comment Period on Mexican Wolves


The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) issued a request for comments on April 15, 2020, beginning a 60-day period for the public to provide input on the proposed changes to the 10(j) Management Rule. This rule directs many aspects of how the FWS fulfills its obligation to recover the Mexican gray wolf to a sustainable wild population.

Mexican gray wolves need you to make the argument that a suite of changes MUST be made to ensure their survival in the wild.

Thank you for taking action!

What is the “10(j) Management Rule”?
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is responsible for implementing the Endangered Species Act (ESA), a powerful law that is intended to protect threatened wildlife and plant species from extinction. The FWS uses a particular management tool (listed in Section 10(j) of the ESA) when a species is being reintroduced to a landscape that it has been wiped out from. It gives the FWS more flexibility (not always the good kind) to adapt the Endangered Species Act regulations to better fit the demands of bringing a species entirely back from the brink. You can read more about it here.

Why are they doing this now?
The FWS tried to make changes to the 10(j) rule in 2015. (Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Revision to the Regulations for the Nonessential Experimental Population of the Mexican Wolf ; Federal Register/Vol. 80, No. 11/Friday, January 16, 2015, pp.2512-2567) However, the changes they proposed would have led to a bleak future for lobo recovery. And as a result, conservation organizations immediately sued the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for not fulfilling their obligation to bring Mexican gray wolves back to a healthy wild population. The court swiftly agreed with the groups. In April 2015, U.S. District Court Judge Jennifer Zipps came back with an order for the FWS to redo the process of changing the management rule and this time include honest interpretations of the best available science. (You can read more about the 2015 court ruling here.) This was a major victory for lobos. And though the wolves have had to wait years for the process to be reinitiated, the time has come for us to begin a new chapter in the story of lobo recovery. The following points are some of the key priorities that will guide that next chapter.

What needs to be included in new rule to ensure Mexican wolves are recovered in the wild:

  • The FWS must designate Mexican gray wolves as essential. Lobo recovery efforts will benefit from losing the outdated status of “nonessential.” The wild population plays a critical role in the genetic health of the overall population; the loss of any wild Mexican gray wolf from the overall gene pool jeopardizes the recovery effort. Designating wild lobos as essential acknowledges the scientific communities’ recommendations.
  • There shall be no cap or maximum number of Mexican wolves allowed in the wild. Additional populations of reintroduced wolves are necessary for the survival of the wild population.
  • The recent increase of removing and killing wild Mexican gray wolves must end. The following parameters need to be included in the management rule:
    - Wolves shall not be removed from the wild for their predation on wildlife such as elk or deer.
    - Authorization for either the government or private individuals to kill wolves is restricted to cases in which they pose a likely threat to human health or safety.
    - Wolves shall not be removed from the wild for preying on livestock on public lands if the permittee knowingly leaves cattle unattended near wolf packs.
  • Mexican gray wolves belong in the Grand Canyon region and southern Rockies. Wolves shall not be removed from the wild because they roamed beyond any geographic boundary, and in particular wolves shall not be removed from the wild for traveling into or inhabiting regions north of Interstate Highway 40. The FWS needs to establish two additional core populations in these areas.
  • Mexican gray wolves belong in Mexico too. Wolves shall not be removed from the wild for preying on livestock south of Interstate Highway 10 in Arizona and New Mexico, in order to facilitate natural connectivity between wolves in the U.S. and in Mexico.
  • Wolves need freedom from boundaries. Given room to roam, the wolves will establish themselves in suitable areas with adequate game. The FWS must be proactive in support of wolves to establish new packs and populations in additional areas. Capturing and containing wolves is always a risky business that can result in death or trauma to the wolf.
  • Wolves once lived throughout Arizona and New Mexico and played a critical role in keeping the balance of nature in place. We need to restore this important animal that has been missing for too long.

Speak up for the wolves!

Submit your comments to the Fish and Wildlife Service HERE.

You may submit written comments by one of the following methods:
(1) Electronically: Go to the Federal rulemaking Portal: Follow the instructions for submitting comments to Docket No. FWS-R2-ES-2020-0007, which is the docket number for this notice of intent.
(2) By hard copy: Submit comments by U.S. mail or hand-delivery to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-R2-ES-2020-0007; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS: PRB/PERMA (JAO/1N), 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803.

Deadline for public comments is June 15, 2020 by 11:59 pm ET

Don’t worry if this is the first time you’ve written official comments to a federal or state agency. The most important thing is that FWS hears that wolf recovery is important to you and the outcome of this process should support their future.

Mexican wolf advocates will be hosting a two-part webinar in May. If you would like to learn more about the history of Mexican gray wolf recovery and tips on how to write a letter that will make a significant difference during the public comment period, please sign up for the webinars below.

Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery: The First Twenty-Two Years
The first webinar will be covering the history of wolf extermination in the West and the remarkable effort to begin recovering the wild population from a small group of captive wolves. You'll learn about the importance of genetic health in wild lobos and the role of a healthy wolf population in returning balance to our desert and forest ecosystems.
Thursday, May 14th, 5:30PST/6:30MDT
Watch the first webinar recordings
Featuring guest wolf advocates Dave Parsons (Project Coyote),
Tre Graves (Endangered Species Coalition) & Jean Ossorio

Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery: The Next Chapter!
Following the first webinar, we will continue into the current status of the Mexican gray wolf and recovery efforts. This webinar will discuss various policy opportunities that can come of the current 10(j) management rule change. We'll also present some tips on how to write your comment letter to help build a case for these changes, ensuring a future that includes wild wolves!
Tuesday, May 19th, 5:30PST/6:30MDT
Watch the second webinar recordings
Featuring guest wolf advocates Emily Renn (Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project),
Roz Switzer (Great Old Broads for Wilderness), & Chris Smith (WildEarth Guardians)

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