The Southwest Region has initiated the revision of the 1982 Mexican Wolf Recovery Plan. In December, 2010, the Service's Southwest
Regional Director appointed a new recovery team to develop a revised recovery plan for the Mexican wolf. The Mexican Wolf Recovery
Team includes a Tribal Liaisons Subgroup, Stakeholder Liaisons Subgroup, Agency Liaisons Subgroup, and a Science and Planning Subgroup.
When completed and approved by the Southwest Regional Director, the Revised Mexican Wolf Recovery Plan will include objective and
measurable recovery criteria for delisting the Mexican wolf from the List of Threatened and Endangered Wildlife and Plants, management
actions that will achieve the criteria, and time and cost estimates for these actions.
The Service will begin exploring options for implementation of the Revised Mexican Wolf Recovery Plan's recovery actions in 2013 and beyond.
The Team held three full (all subgroups) team meetings in 2011, and three meetings of the Science and Planning Subgroup. During 2011,
our meetings focused on discussing information related to the development of draft recovery criteria, including population viability
analyses, habitat analyses, and genetics information. The Science and Planning Subgroup began drafting text for the plan related to
these analyses. We also explored the binational aspects of recovery planning with Mexico, which has its own recovery plan for the
During 2012, the Team continued discussion of draft recovery criteria. We continued discussions with Mexico to determine effective
avenues for binational collaboration on the Mexican wolf recovery effort.