There’s still hope! The Mexican wolf is no longer on the list of endangered species. This was announced by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) this week.
The Mexican Wolf is a species of the Gray Wolf and is native to North America. Its territory encompasses the forests and deserts from Sonora and Chihuahua to western Texas, southern New Mexico and central Arizona.
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A resurgence project
The news came thanks to the joint efforts of the institutions and the conservation, prevention and reproduction actions in our country. Since the 1970s, the Mexican Wolf had been declared “Extinct of the Wild Medium” due to indiscriminate hunting.
Due to the decline of the species, decisions for prevention were quickly made. In addition, former wolf hunter Roy T. McBride was responsible for the current results. Well, it was given the task of conducting a survey of wolves in Mexico for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.
The survey revealed the few wolf specimens in existence and its mission was to capture the few species that still roamed the earth. The objective was to start a captive breeding program for the critically endangered mammal.
After several years and thanks to the five captivated specimens the population grew to 100. And later, the wolves born in captivity in the zoo of Chapultepec highlighted the result.
There is still a lot of work to do with The Mexican wolf
And although in the beginning this could have been achieved due to the work of reproduction in captivity in the US. Mexico added great efforts to reintroduce them to wildlife in the Janos Biosphere Reserve in Chihuahua.
As of today, the birth of at least nine litters has been documented in their natural environment with at least 30 puppies in total, the last one being registered in September 2019.
Hopefully the genetic diversity continues and we are more aware of the importance of our species.
COVER PHOTO: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
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