→ Revision of Mexican Wolf Draft Recovery Plan

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The US Fish and Wildlife Service has completed the first revision of their Mexican Wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) Draft Recovery Plan, originally written in 1982. The Mexican wolf is currently listed as an endangered subspecies under the Endangered Species Act, and is currently found in Arizona and New Mexico (US), and in Chihuahua (MX). As of 2016, the single wild US population of Mexican wolves reached a total size of at least 113 wolves; a captive population is also managed through a binational captive-breeding program with the primary purpose of producing Mexican wolves for reintroduction.  The Mexican wolf is at risk of extinction in the wild primarily because of gunshot-related mortality, inbreeding, loss of heterozygosity, loss of adaptive potential, and small population size. The draft recovery plan includes specific recovery criteria to be met to enable us to remove this species from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. The US Fish and Wildlife Service is requesting review and comment on their revised plan, as well as any new information on the Mexican wolf's status throughout its range to assist in finalizing the recovery plan.