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 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Cross Fostering Update
On July 20, the IFT collected photographs from a trail camera indicating the presence of five pups with the Dark Canyon pack. 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 photographic
documentation of five pups remaining with the Dark Canyon pack is evidence the cross fostering attempt was successful. Future updates on this pack will be provided
in the BRWRA Monthly Project Updates.