Mexican Wolf
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Trapping Activities and Due Care in Mexican Wolf Occupied Range    

Taking a Mexican wolf with a trap, snare, or other type of capture device within Occupied Mexican Wolf Range (as depicted in the Mexican Wolf Occupied Range Map below) is prohibited and will not be considered unintentional take, unless due care was exercised to avoid injury or death to a wolf. Exceptions to the above statement can be found in the 2015 Mexican Wolf Final Rule.

With regard to trapping activities, due care includes all of the following:

A. Following the regulations, proclamations, recommendations, guidelines, and /or laws where the trapping takes place.

B. Modifying or using appropriately sized traps, chains, drags, and stakes that provide a reasonable expectation that the wolf will be prevented from either breaking the chain or escaping with the trap on the wolf, or using sufficiently small traps (less than or equal to a Victor # 2 trap) that allow a reasonable expectation that the wolf will either immediately pull free from the trap or span the jaw spread when stepping on the trap.

C. Not taking a Mexican wolf using neck snares.

D. Reporting the capture of a Mexican wolf (even if the wolf has pulled free) within 24 hours to the Mexican Wolf Recovery Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, New Mexico Ecological Services Field Office, 2105 Osuna Road NE., Albuquerque, NM 87113; by telephone 505-346-2525; or fax 505-346-2542.

E. If a Mexican wolf is captured, trappers can call the Interagency Field Team 1-888-459-WOLF [9653] as soon as possible to arrange for radio-collaring and releasing of the wolf. Per state regulations for releasing non-target animals, trappers may also choose to release the animal alive and subsequently contact the Service or Interagency Field Team.

View current Wolf occupied range.
Last updated: May 11, 2021