The Trump administration has released a long-awaited draft recovery plan for Mexican gray wolves -- and it's deeply flawed.
Against the recommendations made by independent scientists in 2012, the plan would suppress these rare wolves' numbers and distribution, hand over key management decisions to anti-wolf state game departments, and prematurely strip protections once numbers in the wild reach just 320 in the United States and 170 in Mexico, with no connections between populations.
Please add your voice to the call for substantial revisions to this disastrous draft.
Around 150 Mexican gray wolves now live in the wild in the U.S. Southwest and Mexico, along with another 250 in captivity. In the U.S. wild, the wolves suffer from inbreeding. That's why scientists have repeatedly urged new releases of captive wolves to boost genetic diversity -- and why Trump's plan will lead only to extinction. The plan would allow Arizona and New Mexico game officials to veto new releases and limit recovery to south of Interstate 40, although much of the best wolf habitat lies north of this arbitrary line.
Join us today in opposing this sham recovery plan -- to be enforced...