Help Restore Mexican Wolves in the Southwest
We need your help to bring the sound of wolves howling back to the Southwest. Here are some things you can do. To help you, we've listed some talking points you can use below.
1. Attend the public hearing in Albuquerque on 11/20/13 regarding the proposed rule change to the Mexican gray wolf reintroduction program. Let us know if you're interested in carpooling from southern New Mexico/west Texas.
2. Send in your comment to US Fish and Wildlife Service regarding their proposed rule changes to the reintroduction program.
3. Call Interior Secretary Sally Jewell at 202-208-3100 and urge her to develop a new recovery plan for Mexican wolves. A recovery plan is a blueprint for conservation actions needed to bring a species back from the edge of extinction. New Mexico residents can also call Senator Udall and urge him to support the reintroduction of the Mexican wolf. Not sure what say? Click here!
4. Send an email to your Congressional representatives. If you live in southern New Mexico, you can use this form. If you live elsewhere, find your Congressional representatives here.
5. Write a letter to the editor voicing your support for Mexican wolves. Writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper is an excellent way to raise awareness about the Mexican gray wolf situation. It shows public officials that you support the restoration program and expect that they will, too.
6. Help organize a film screening in your area. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested in helping to organize a film screening like "Lords of Nature" or "Call of Life".
7. Help table at different events in the region. Tabling is one of the most active way to help wolves. You'll be able to get out with SWEC staff and talk to members of the public about the importance of Mexican wolves and get petitions signed, phone calls made, and other actions to help save the lobo! Contact Tricia at email@example.com to find out more!
9. Support our work by making a donation today.
Feel free to adapt these talking points for the above actions.
- Mexican wolves are top predators and play an important role in maintaining the balance of nature in Southwestern ecosystems.
- As of the last official count at the end of 2012, there are only 75 Mexican wolves in the wild, making it the most endangered wolf species on Earth. Immediate action is needed to prevent the extinction of the Mexican wolf in the wild for a second time.
- Mexican wolves need a new recovery plan. The current plan is 30 years old, written before the principles of modern conservation biology were developed and lacking numerical goals for defining recovery.
- We need direct releases of lobos into the entire Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area as quickly as possible.
- USFWS needs to designate the Mexican gray wolves in the wild as an essential population. After four generations of living in the wild, these wolves are absolutely essential to the survival of the species.