Mexican Wolf Population is Decreasing

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The population of the endangered Mexican Wolf decreased by 12% in 2015, according to Takepart.com.

According to a recent survey made by the federal wildlife officials, the wolf population in Arizona and New Mexico dropped from 110 to 97 in 2015. The agency’s southwest director, Benjamin Tuggle, states, “These latest population numbers demonstrate we still have more work to do in stabilizing this experimental population and maximizing its anticipated contribution to Mexican wolf recovery.”

The reason why the Mexican wolf population is decreasing is because of ranchers killing wolves in order to protect their livestock. A law passed in Mexico allowing ranchers to shoot guns and throw items at the wolf in order to scare it away. Thirteen wolves were found dead in 2015, and 11 wolves were considered “fate unknown”. The current population is hovering in about 100 in two states, and fewer wolf pups are surviving every year, according to Takepart.com.

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service tried to save Mexican wolves by captive breeding. They captured four male wolves and one female. But the Center of Biological Diversity states that the one of the main problems is inbreeding, and that the wolves need to be released in order to increase genetic diversity.

“Endless delay in releasing wolves into the wild to address the genetic crisis results in inbred wolf pups that cannot survive. Our government must stop placating livestock interests and start prioritizing saving the Mexican wolf before it’s too late,” stated Michael Robinson from the Center of Genetic Diversity.