Todays The Day!! Wolf Warriors At The Jackson Browne Concert, Bozeman, Montana!!

Thank you Buffalo Field Campaign for inviting Wolf Warriors to the Jackson Brown Concert today at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse, Bozeman, Mt. 

We will have a table,  introducing ourselves and speaking out for wolves. See you there!!  HOWLS!!

Jackson Browne – The Load Out and Stay – Live BBC 1978

Somebody’s Baby

Stage at Brick Breeden Fieldhouse, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana

Published in: on August 3, 2010 at 2:58 pm  Comments (15)  

“In Memory of the Last Wild Mexican Wolf”

This is a video of one of the last wild Mexican gray wolves captured in Northern Mexico in the 1970’s. 

Soon after the creation of the Endangered Species Act, a decision was made by the federal government, with the cooperation of Mexico, to capture all remaining Mexican gray wolves and place them in captivity, due to their critically low numbers in the wild.

From Lobos of the Southwest:

Thirty-three years after receiving protection under the Endangered Species Act, the Mexican gray wolf remains the most endangered mammal in North America and the most endangered subspecies of gray wolf in the world.

Following the Mexican gray wolf listing as an endangered species in 1976, the United States and Mexico collaborated to capture all lobos remaining in the wild. This extreme measure prevented the lobos’ extinction. Five wild Mexican wolves (four males and one pregnant female) were captured alive in Mexico from 1977 to 1980 and used to start a captive breeding program. The captive population is managed for maximum genetic integrity by experts with the Mexican Wolf Species Survival Plan.

Mexican gray wolves in captive breeding facilities around the country, are descendants of those last remaining wild wolves. 

The wolves would have been lost forever, if they had not been removed from the wild. They had been hunted, trapped and poisoned to near extinction. A beautiful sub-species of wolf was almost wiped off the face of the map. 

Mexican gray wolves were reintroduced back into the wild in 1998. Their reintroduction has not gone well due to the failure of the federal government to protect these critically endangered animals.. The wolves are once again under siege in the wild, a target of poachers. Three male wolves were recently killed, two shot and one dying under suspicious circumstances.

There is a $57,000 reward leading to the arrest and capture of any person or persons, who kills a Mexican gray wolf. 

Please visit Lobos of  the Southwest and learn what you can do to save these magnificent wolves. Mexican gray wolves are down to just 39 animals in the wild and every wolf  killed takes their precious genetics with them, lost forever.

Lobos of the Southwest


Text accompanying video by ricklobello.

“Please help save the Mexican wolf by forwarding message to others.

I transferred to video an old 8mm movie I took during the late 1970s of what I believe was the last or one of the last wild Mexican wolves captured from northern Mexico before the species went extinct in the wild. Thanks to the efforts of people from across then continent with the help of the numerous zoos that have been maintaining a captive population, the US Fish and Wildlife Department and the US Forest Service with the help of the states of Arizona and New Mexico, were able to reintroduce wolves successfully back into the wild in 1998.

As you watch the film keep in mind that this animal, less than a week before I filmed it, was living in the wilds of Mexico. It was one of the last descendants of wild Mexican wolves that had been living in harmony with the land and Native Americans for thousands of years. Their story almost came to a complete end. Fortunately the United States passed the Endangered Species Act. If it wasn’t for that critical piece of legislation I am sure that the Mexican wolf would have gone completely extinct since there were few animals in captivity and virtually none in zoos.

I hope that people who watch this 3 minute video will want to learn more about these beautiful animals and get involved in efforts to help with conservation efforts here in the United States and Mexico.

All Mexican wolves believed to be alive in the wilds of Arizona and New Mexico today, are the descendants of the progeny of this wolf and four others. The wolf in the film was captured by Roy McBride who was hired by the US Fish and Wildlife Service in cooperation with the Mexican government to rescue the last wild Mexican wolves in Durango and Chihuahua. Roy and I were fellow graduate students at Sul Ross State University in Alpine where the film was made.

Most of you know that at the El Paso Zoo where I work we have three Mexican wolves and are trying to help save this critically endangered species in many ways including supporting the ongoing reintroduction program in the Southwest. If you have been following the story of this project you know that the descendants of the wolf in this video need our continued support. Please go on the Internet by starting with the El Paso Zoo website at where you can learn more and get involved. Start with the page we have for the Mexican wolf in the Animals section of Americas.”  February 21, 2008 ricklobello

Photo: Courtesy Wikimedia Commons (Mexican gray wolf pup)

Posted in: Mexican gray wolf

Tags: ESA,  Mexican gray wolves under siege, $57,000 Reward, wolf persecution

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