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February
2010
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02:00 PM
America/New_York

Mexican wolf numbers down to 42

Defenders of Wildlife says a scientific recovery plan is desperately needed

(02/05/2010) -

(Albuquerque, N.M., February 5, 2010) — Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced that the Mexican wolf population plummeted by 20 percent in 2009, according to its annual year-end survey of the recovery area spanning New Mexico and Arizona. This recent survey counted only 42 wolves and two breeding pairs brings them closer to a second extinction in the wild.   

The following is a statement from Eva Sargent, Ph.D., the Southwest program director for Defenders of Wildlife.

“Mexican wolves are in big trouble. With numbers so perilously low, every single wolf in the wild counts toward the animal’s survival. Turning this dire situation around will require every effort by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to craft a science-based recovery plan that pays careful attention to genetic issues. The Service must also make a renewed commitment to keep wolves on the ground."   

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Defenders of Wildlife is dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities. With more than 1 million members and activists, Defenders of Wildlife is a leading advocate for innovative solutions to safeguard our wildlife heritage for generations to come. For more information, visit www.defenders.org.

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Contact(s):

Eva Sargent, (520) 834-6441