The Mexican wolf is the rarest subspecies of gray wolf in North America. Once common throughout portions of the southwestern United States,
the Mexican wolf was all but eliminated from the wild by the 1970s. In 1977, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service initiated efforts to conserve
the species. In 1998, Mexican wolves were released to the wild for the first time in the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area. Missing from the
landscape for more than 30 years, the howl of the Mexican wolf can once again be heard in the mountains of the southwestern United States.
Photo Courtesy of the Mexican Wolf Interagency Field Team
Dark Canyon Pack - Cross Foster Wolf Pup Update
Late August 2014
Mexican Wolf Interagency Field Team trail cameras continue documenting five pups with the Dark Canyon pack in the Gila National Forest in
New Mexico. On May 15, two pups from the Coronado pack were placed into the three-pup litter of the Dark Canyon pack with the hope that the
Dark Canyon pack would raise them as their own. This is the IFT's first attempt at cross fostering and was done to introduce genetically
desirable pups into the litter of an experienced female and wild-proven pack. The continued documentation of five pups remaining with the
Dark Canyon pack is evidence the cross fostering attempt was successful. Updates on this pack are provided in the
BRWRA Monthly Project Updates.