The Mexican Gray Wolf

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The Mexican wolf is the southernmost subspecies of gray wolf in North America, its natural habitat was that of the southwest United States and Mexico, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona as their home range in the US. Mexican wolves typically feed on deer and elk. (Rinkevich, Murphy, & Barrett, 2011). The gray wolves were a menace to rancher’s cattle and farmer’s livestock. Depredation of livestock led ranchers and state governments to declare war on the Mexican gray wolves through public and private bounties. The Mexican gray wolves were successfully removed from the wild. (Foreman, 2004, p. 71) The Endangered Species Act of 1973 was vital for the protection of the Mexican gray wolf. In 1990, the United States Fish & Wildlife Service coordinated and developed a Mexican wolf reintroduction recovery plan to establish a wild population of no less than 100 Mexican Gray wolves in March …show more content…
On March 29, 1998, captive-reared Mexican gray wolves were released into the into the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area.(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2015) Consequently, this plan has drawn much controversy and many public concerns about the reintroduction of the wolves. Although there are many supporters of the reintroduction of the Mexican gray wolves into the Blue Range territory of Arizona and New Mexico, this rewilding is negative because of the depredation of livestock and game animals with no real plan to control the wolf population, and another concern is the massive amount of money to achieve the desired results of the rewilding project of the Mexican Gray

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