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Mexican Gray Wolf: Most Endangered Land Mammal in N America!

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The Mexican gray wolf is considered the most endangered land mammal in North America. It once roamed throughout southeastern Arizona, southern New Mexico, western Texas and northern Mexico, but throughout the 1900’s “El Lobo” was trapped, poisoned and hunted to near extinction due to conflicts with livestock and aggressive predator control. From just seven survivors, Mexican wolves are trying to make their way toward recovery. Its restoration is an opportunity to bring a natural balance back to the wild lands of the Southwest. The Endangered Species Act helped prevent the extinction of the unique and ecologically important animal. Released back into the wild in 1998, Mexican wolves have been doing their part ever since – forming packs, killing elk, finding mates and raising pups. But today, just 50 Mexican wolves now course the landscape in the American Southwest, fewer than half of what biologist had hoped for at the onset of the reintroduction. Strong anti-wolf interests in Congress and the states are aggressively working to eliminate the very protections necessary to ensure a future for these critically endangered wolves. Up-to-date info on attempts to strip endangered species protections for rare Mexican wolves can be found here: http://www.defenders.org/resources/publications/programs_and_policy/wildlife_conservation/imperiled_species/wolf/southwest_wolf/esa_and_mexican_wolves.pdf In this segment of The Organic View Radio Show, host, June Stoyer will speak to Craig Miller from Defenders.org about the efforts to save the Mexican Gray Wolf. Stay tuned!

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