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 making sure Mexican wolves succeed.
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.
This page lists many ways for lobo lovers to be effective advocates for recovery. Please share the information here with others who care about the success of Mexican gray wolves!
TAKE ACTION ON CURRENT ISSUES TO SAVE THE LOBO!
Recently the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) proposed one very good and many very bad changes to the rules governing the Mexican wolf reintroduction.
The proposal is very important to the future of Mexican wolves in the wild, who numbered only 83 at the last official count.
USFWS plans to release a draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and to hold a public comment period and hearings this year.
Your help is needed now to make sure that changes to help the lobos thrive are included and the changes that would push them closer to extinction are discarded. Click here to help bring about policies needed for the long-term recovery of Mexican gray wolves.
Mexican gray wolves are native to Arizona and are an important part of the state's natural heritage. With only 83 Mexican wolves remaining in the wild, they need all the help they can get. But members of the Arizona State Legislature seem determined to push this small struggling population of endangered lobos closer to extinction.
Your help is needed to make sure these bills do not become law.
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:
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.
Change your Facebook cover photo to the Save the Lobo cover.
Change your profile picture to one of these #SavetheLobo photos.
Grow the campaigns on Facebook and Twitter by sharing and posting lobo action items and including the hashmarks, #iamessential and/or #SavetheLobo
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