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 within the Mexican Wolf
Experimental Population 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.
Iron Creek Pack: One of five pups in the Iron Creek Pack observed during June. This pup is about 7 weeks old.
Photo Courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
2015 Denning Packs and Wolf Pups
This summer, members of the IFT have documented denning behavior in ten Mexican wolf packs in the Mexican Wolf Recovery Area. As of mid-July, a minimum
of 28 pups in 6 packs (Bluestem, Hawks Nest, Hoodoo, Dark Canyon, Iron Creek, and Prieto) have been documented. Throughout the summer and into the fall,
the IFT will continue to monitor and document wolf pup numbers. As the pups get older, the IFT will attempt to capture pups, administer vaccines, and
affix pup size radio collars to monitor survival.