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.
Allison Greenleaf (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) transports Dark Canyon Pack cross-fostered male wolf from helicopter in Gila National Forest, Feb. 3, 2015
Photo Courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
2014 Mexican Wolf Population Survey Complete - Population Exceeds 100
February 13, 2015
The Mexican Wolf Interagency Field Team has completed its annual year-end population survey, documenting a minimum of 109 Mexican wolves
in the wild in Arizona and New Mexico at the end of 2014. At the end of 2013, 83 wild wolves were counted. This is the fourth consecutive
year with at least a 10 percent increase in the known population - a 31 percent increase in 2014.