The Mexican gray wolf’s numbers are rallying after the species nearly reached extinction.
The Mexican gray wolf was driven to near extinction in the 1900s. As wolves attacked livestock, their numbers dwindled between joint efforts of hunters, trappers, and land owners. Captive breeding programs ensured the continued existence of these animals. Due to these programs several wolves bred in captivity were released into the wild.
An annual survey taken last year has indicated the wolf’s population has seen growth for the fourth year in a row. The survey conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services shows a total of 83 new wild gray wolves are living in Arizona and New Mexico.
These results are promising to the species. Plans to propose the Mexican gray wolf be removed from the endangered species list are forthcoming, however will take some time. The wolf population still has to increase in order for them to be removed.