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National Geographic Endangered Species by State – Mexican Wolf

NEW MEXICO

MEXICAN WOLF

Canis lupus baileyi

PHOTOGRAPH BY JOEL SARTORE, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTO ARK

This small wolf is a subspecies of gray wolf, native to New Mexico, Arizona, and northwest Mexico. Once numbering in the thousands, Mexican wolves were nearly extinct by the 1970s. The U.S. and Mexican governments then collaborated to capture a handful of remaining wild wolves and start a captive breeding and release program to prevent extinction. The program worked: About 100 wolves now live in the wild in New Mexico and Arizona, though poaching remains a threat to the fragile population.

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I am hoping that those of you who enjoy your wolf and coyote hunts are able to distinguish the Mexican Wolf from the others and can avoid shooting them.  As conscientious hunters and stewards of the land, we need to let this species thrive.

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