Mexican gray wolf, © Jim Clark/USFWS

Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up

Two More Mexican Gray Wolves Released into the Wild: This week, wildlife biologists with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released two captive Mexican gray wolves into the Arizona wild. The hope is that this pregnant female and her mate will contribute some much needed genetic diversity to this critically endangered population of wolves. Recovery efforts began in Arizona and New Mexico in 1998, after the species was pushed to near extinction in the 1970s. Today, thanks in part to the success of this captive breeding program, there are 109 wolves living in the wild in the Southwest. Defenders wants to see more wolves released into the wild to increase the genetic diversity – just like the Service did this week. Next, the Service needs to develop a detailed, long range plan for releasing many more wolves, and a science-based recovery plan, for which these rare wolves have waited almost 40 years.


Oregon Officials Consider Reducing Protection for Wolves: Today, the Oregon Wildlife Commission is hearing from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife about the status of Oregon’s wolves. Under the state’s Wolf Management Plan, ODFW is required to present a biological status review of wolves to the Commission after the state has successfully maintained at least four breeding pairs for a period of three years in eastern Oregon, a benchmark that was passed earlier this year. Based on the information presented, the Commission will evaluate several policy options, including whether state Endangered Species Act protections are still warranted for the species. A final decision is not expected before August 2015.

Wolves are not fully recovered in Oregon and Defenders strongly believes that removing or weakening protections for wolves is premature. Oregon has a great deal of unoccupied wolf habitat and significant threats to the species remain. Losing protections would make it easier to kill wolves and reduce emphasis on proactive, nonlethal methods to reduce conflicts with livestock operations. Defenders’ staff will testify in front of the Commission, and are working to help ensure that it conducts a neutral and unbiased review of the information presented, and makes a decision for wolves that is based on the best available science, not on politics.

7 Responses to “Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up”

  1. Hailey

    I wish, I just with that wolves aren’t endangered.Help those need help helping out wolves

  2. Rebecca

    We need to protect this valuable species. We are killing to the point of extinction as just happened to the black rhino. Please help stop this injustice.

  3. tom van lear

    In the beginning there was God and nature Then He brought man into the picture so man could be a caretaker. Allot of men thought the job was to much so they moved away from nature and into towns and cities. Living in buildings. That is how man grew away from nature. It became the thing to do and was accepted. Man has a hard time remembering how life is really supposed to be like. There are some people that still remember because they never changed. God bless.

  4. Phil Johnson

    I am amazed that the following synopsis is true:

    Stop Alaska Fish and Game’s Aerial Wolf Killing


    Stop Alaska Fish and Game’s Aerial Wolf Killing
    Stop Alaska Fish and Game’s Aerial Wolf Killing

    author: Barry N
    target: Bill Walker ,Governor of Alaska
    signatures: 50,495


    we’ve got 50,495 signatures, help us get to 51,000


    Update #5 April 26, 2015full update ▾

    Elected official Bill Walker refuses to answer the petition, suggestion if you really care write his office at , His web site states Alaskan will be answered first which clearly is untrue, so one needs a 99645,99501 zip code. I find it offense that an elected official does not reply and answer over 50,000 petitioners and clearly shows the current political viewpoint from these people in government positions.

    Update #4 April 18, 2015

    Submitted the petition to the governors office and was told that someone would get back to me. Basically a complete waste of time being it this petition is being ignored by the sate and the local media.
    Defenders of Wildlife and their kind will never receive one cent from me. .
    I have to thank all the supporting petitioners for taking the time to make an effort on behalf of wolves in Alaska.
    Update #3 April 10, 2015

    Contacted Defenders of Wildlife to see if they could help deliver this petition being it they have a high dollar budget and have experience to raise awareness. No reply
    Contacted the Federation of Native Americans, No reply
    Will continue and hope we make to the 50,000 soon
    Many thanks to all for your support, the wolves may in the end be the animal nature intended.”

    My additional comment: Things are bad enough for the hoi poloi overwhelmed by daily multiple pleas for sheckels to support this and that. I contributed over $2000 last year to various agencies, and DOW was one of them.

    You can take me off your list. I cannot believe this petition did not evoke some supportive action. Wolves are wolves wherever they are, and to show this disregard merely because your opinion is they need no help is not helpful to the cause.

    Maybe it’s not too late, if you choose to weigh in with your support.


    aures lupi/Phil Johnson

    • Defenders of Wildlife

      Hello, Phil. Our work focuses on imperiled species, so when it comes to wolves, we focus on the populations that are most at risk, like those in the Northern Rockies and the northwest, as well as Mexican gray wolves in the southwest. Alaska’s wolf population is healthy, so our work in Alaska is on other species and issues. You can learn more about it here:

  5. Phil Johnson

    Excerpts from the (presumed) 2011 article:

    Actually, there are none. I am unable to copy and paste the ones I want.

    However, I will leave it at this. Overall, the article was laced with an air of alarm at the recalcitrance of people like ex-Governor Palin and her antecedents, as well as the Alaska BOG and other agencies, to recognize the value of predator apex position in prey management. I did not see anything in the article that relieved that alarm.

    I am referring to (I hope) accurate recall of salient facts: there were (2011) about 7700-11000 wolves in Alaska. AFG estimates 1730 wolves a year were killed from 2003 to 2010.

    Bears, on the other hand, are far more numerous: 30,000-100,000 brown and black respectively, as I recall.

    Right away I see a problem, given the hostile history your article portrays.

    The last entry was 2011, with the pendulum of uncertainty still swinging. I agree that wolf futures in Alaska are much more optimistic than elsewhere, but that doesn’t excuse outrage at the continuous and vexing behaviour of environmental, nihilistic oligarchs in ignoring requests from legitimate concerns.

    I think your organization still has some skin in this game and expect you to use it. The article does nothing to qualm my anxiety over the roughshod attitudes exhibited by these un-stewardlike denizens of Alaska governance.


    aures lupi

  6. Leslie Lahr

    To Phil Johnson-

    My heart breaks at reading your story. Thank *you* for all you’re doing. I’m sorry I don’t have the right zip code. Just don’t give up.

    I too support the Defenders of Wildlife and appreciate what they try to do. A seemingly futile task some days, I’m sure.

    Here’s to all the creatures who have a place on this earth. Bless them all.

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