The Haunting Howl of The Mexican Gray Wolf…

One of the most endangered animals in the world, the Mexican gray wolf, demonstrates why the howl of the wolf is so hauntingly beautiful and symbolic of all that is wild and free. This is the sound wolf haters want to silence forever! The Mexican gray wolves fate is tied to their Northern brothers and sisters.  They are all suffering, although the Mexican gray wolf  population increased again this year, it’s nothing even close to the 200 wolves USFWS promised would be roaming free by 2006. Over 66% of the Blue Range wolf recovery area is heavily grazed by cattle and open to mining, forestry and recreational interests. (ghosts of the southwest).  Seven years later there are just 75  Mexican grays living in the wild.

The Mexican gray wolf  stands as a reminder of what can happen to all gray wolves when ignorance and intolerance prevail.

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Uploaded on Jan 21, 2008 by Rick LoBello

“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 http://www.elpasozoo.org where you can learn more and get involved. Start with the page we have at http://www.elpasozoo.org/takeaction. The music is from Peter Kater’s soundtrack from the film “How the West Was Lost”, track 2 – Dull Knife and Little Wolf.”… Rick Lobello

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Mexican Gray Wolf wikimedia commons

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Top Video: Courtesy Endangered Wolf You Tube

Middle Video: Courtesy In Memory Of The Last Wild Mexican Wolf

Bottom video: Courtesy WapiskisiwMahihkan

Photo: Courtesy Wikipedia Commons

Posted in: Mexican Gray Wolf, Wolf Wars

Tags: wolf song, wolf howl, haunting beauty, protect wolves, stop the persecution and slaughter, Canis Lupus Bailey

Remember Wolves This Christmas…

PRIMAL WOLF

A black wolf howls in bright moonlight

His ancient voice fills the night

It travels far over mountains high

As he silently awaits the packs reply

Their jubilant voices respond as one

Yes we’re ready to hunt and run!

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Nabeki December 25, 2011

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Video: YouTube HayyelLovesWolves

Photo: wolf wallpaper

Posted in: gray wolf

Tags: wolf  howl, gray wolf, wolf pack dynamics, wolf poem, Christmas 2011, wolf hunt

Published in: on December 25, 2011 at 3:14 am  Comments (26)  
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Where Wolves Howl….

I chose to live where wolves howl. To be close to these amazing animals is where I want to be.

One particular incident illustrates the love I have for wolf country.  My dog and I were hiking at twilight near a stream several years ago. I won’t say where, because I  live a private life but it was not too far from my home.  My dog was on high alert and I knew wolves were afoot. I could feel their presence before the howling began.  A lone howl rang out across the stream bed, joined very quickly by another, then another. Very soon we were surrounded by howls. My dog joined in, connecting with his primal self. Soon I decided to join the fray. It was my idea of wolf heaven.

The wolves were communicating with each other the way they’ve done for thousands of years and my dog and I were allowed  to be part of it.  The wolves did not show themselves physically.  They are shy animals due to persecution by man. All the bold wolves have been selected out. The ones that remain usually want nothing to do with the two-legged creature who walks upright and kills them and their families. But on this particular twilight I like to think they knew we meant them no harm and were willing to share a little part of themselves with us.  I will always remember that evening, even though I’ve had other encounters with wolves over the years. I don’t own a spotting scope and wolves are notoriously hard to spot without one, except of course in Yellowstone, where they are habituated to humans, making them doubly vulnerable should there be another wolf hunt this fall. The mighty Yellowstone Cottonwood pack fell to hunter’s bullets precisely because they did not view humans as a threat. Big mistake.

I  think about what will happen if the wolf hunts proceed this fall.  We are once again facing the loss of hundreds of wolves to human blood lust. I want to tell my wolf friends to run for cover to the national parks and stay there until the shooting stops but wolves have territories and they will defend them. They don’t understand the danger they’re  in. Right now they’re raising their pups, being the best parents and family members they can possibly be. Many of those pups will never live to adulthood.

The people that are bent on wolves’ destruction are robbing me and others of the joy of hearing and seeing wild wolves. If they are allowed to kill off  wolves in the Northern Rockies, we may never hear the howl of a wolf again. The thought makes me sad beyond measure. I treasure my encounters with wolves. I want to have many more, as I know other wolf advocates, conservationists and wildlife advocates do as well.

Where wolves howl we can feel truly free!

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Photo: Courtesy kewlwallpapers

Posted in: gray wolf, biodiversity

Tags: wolf howl, howl for freedom, where wolves howl, Howl Across America

“We listened for a voice crying in the wilderness. And we heard the jubilation of wolves!” -Durwood L. Allen

Posted in: gray wolf/canis lupus

Tags: wolf howl,  Canis Lupus, stand up for wolves,

Published in: on January 21, 2010 at 1:47 am  Comments (1)  
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