TAKE ACTION TO SAVE THE LOBO!
Forty years after they were listed as an endangered species, Mexican wolves still do not have a valid plan to ensure their recovery. There still is no recovery plan to address the vexing genetic problems now besetting the wild population and no science-based criteria to serve as a scientific and managerial benchmark for how many wolves, in what distributions and with what safeguards in place, constitutes recovery.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service is required by law to finish the new recovery plan by November, 2017. They will be accepting public comment on the draft plan over the summer. Check back soon for up to date information on how to comment on the draft plan and attend planning meetings in Arizona and New Mexico. The forthcoming recovery plan must be built on the best available science, not politics!
Urge the government to release more wolves into the wild where they belong
The 2016 year-end count shows 113 in the wild, a slight increase from 97 the previous year. The Mexican gray wolf remains a whisker away from extinction. Due to USFWS’s failure to release new wolves from the captive breeding population, the genetic diversity of the wild population remains low.
Please tell USFWS to release more Mexican wolves into the wild where they belong.
Take Action to Keep Wolves Protected
Pressure is being applied to many members of Congress for legislation to push wolves nationwide, even the small, struggling population of Mexican gray wolves, towards extinction.
Bills or riders aimed at stripping endangered wolves of federal protections put more than wolves in peril - they threaten all wildlife and the Endangered Species Act itself. Wolves are being used as pawns in a larger effort to sink the ark that provides for the conservation of all animals.
Please contact members of Congress and the Secretary of the Interior today and urge them to oppose any anti-wolf legislation.
BECOME A PACKTIVIST FOR MEXICAN WOLVES!
We are looking for supporters who are ready to take the next step and fully engage in advocacy for Mexican gray wolves.
Our goal is to have packs of activists in key communities, dedicated to organizing for the wolves. If you’ll go to bat for the lobos, we will provide support, resources, materials and training in exchange for your time and commitment. We have established lobo activist packs, or Packtivists, in cities and towns throughout the Southwest. We are working to expand the Packtivist program in new locations. If you want to become a packtivist, click here for more info.
WRITE LETTERS AND MAKE CALLS 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 handouts for tabling are below:
Handout about stopping Legislation aimed at reducing wolf protections
• Sign up sheets for Lobos of the Southwest email list
• Downloadable, printable stickers
• Coloring book page for kids
USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO SPREAD THE WORD
Change your Facebook cover photo to the Save the Lobo cover.
Change your profile picture to one of these #SavetheLobo photos.
Lobo Face 1 photo
Lobo Face 2 photo
Lobo Face 3 photo
Grow the campaigns on Facebook and Twitter by sharing and posting lobo action items and including the hashmarks, #iamessential and/or #SavetheLobo
Join Mexican gray wolves on Facebook here.
Follow us on Twitter here
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 2014, 60 Mexican gray wolves were killed illegally. In 2015, 13 Mexican 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
• Schedule a speaker for your event – email firstname.lastname@example.org
• Check here for upcoming Lobo events
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