Public opinion research and polling (NM, AZ) shows consistently that lobo supporters are in the majority in the southwestern United States. By translating the passion that we feel for wolves into action, we can make a real difference in turning Mexican wolf management around towards real success.
Remember, it is only because so many of us took action in the first place that Mexican wolves were brought back from extinction in the wilds of the Southwest and reintroduced in Arizona and New Mexico.
In recent years, the Mexican gray wolf’s supporters helped achieve significant changes using tools like those below. These include beginning a new Recovery Plan to help Mexican wolves succeed, and ending a destructive policy of killing or permanently removing from the wild wolves that depredated on three or more livestock a year, which made a big difference in wolf numbers. The number of Mexican wolves in the wild increased every year for the last three, which has not happened since 2003.
This page lists many ways for lobo lovers to be effective advocates for recovery. Please feel free to use and share the information here with others who care about the success of Mexican gray wolves!
More Mexican Wolves Needed in the Wild Now!
GET OUT INTO WOLF COUNTRY
In the wild, Mexican wolves are vulnerable to illegal killing and agency decisions to remove or kill them because of depredation on livestock. Supportive observers on the ground can help reduce this vulnerability and document conditions, including the presence of livestock carcasses that can lead to depredation. Read more here.
WRITE LETTERS TO INFLUENCE DECISION-MAKERS Letters, whether they’re addressed to the editor of a newspaper, members of Congress, or key people in wildlife and land management agencies, are an effective way to show that you care strongly, are paying attention, and are holding decision-makers accountable for lobo recovery.
•Write a letter to the editor
•Write to your elected officials
•Write a letter to agency officials, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the agency responsible for recovering Mexican gray wolves.
For District offices and information about elected officials outside of Arizona & New Mexico click here.
TABLE TO EDUCATE OTHERS
In this age of online social networking, face to face contact is still a very effective way to educate and engage members of the public with regard to endangered Mexican gray wolves. You can set up a table at public places, like your local library, or during events in your community, and get the word out! Anything in the Lobo Activist Toolkit can be used for tabling; some basic handouts for tabling are below:
• Coloring book page for kids
HELP STOP ILLEGAL KILLINGS
According to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, illegal wolf killings are the leading cause of death for Mexican gray wolves. Between 1998 and December 2012, 46 Mexican gray wolves were killed illegally. These killings have to stop. You can help by publicizing the reward of up to $58,000 for information about criminals killing Mexican wolves.
• Reward poster handout with link to download posters
• Reward poster
HOST OR ATTEND PRESENTATIONS AND EVENTS
• Give a Lords of Nature DVD presentation or host a house party
STAY INFORMED AND INVOLVED
• Join our Email List
• Check us out on Facebook
• Get Involved with a Group Near You
Photo credits from top to bottom: Mexican gray wolf courtesy of the AZ Zoological Society, Jean Ossorio, Kaisa Lappalainen and raptor friend, Tabling with children courtesy of the Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project, Lords of Nature courtesy of Green Fire Productions