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Your phone calls saved a wolf's life! Now, help save her entire pack

Last month, APNM joined fellow conservation groups and wolf activists in sounding the alarm at unjust, punitive wolf management in New Mexico’s Gila National Forest. In early August, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) targeted wolf F1188, the alpha female of the Fox Mountain pack and mother of four small pups, for immediate lethal control in response to a few livestock depredations.

In the next day, phone lines lit up from members of the public opposed to the killing of this wolf, not only at USFWS but also at New Mexico’s congressional offices and the White House. The public response was so overwhelming that USFWS quickly rescinded the kill order, calling instead for removal of the wolf. It was one of the most remarkable displays of public ownership of wolf recovery in the fourteen-year history of the Mexican wolf program. Simply put, your calls saved a wolf’s life.

However, this wolf’s trials are far from over. As of this alert, she has so far avoided the government trappers looking to capture her for transport to a facility where she would likely spend the rest of her life. Not only would this negatively impact her own life, but also the loss of an alpha female may break up the pack (which contains one of only six breeding pairs in the wild) and will deprive her pups, just four months old, of any chance at survival.

For the sake of the Fox Mountain pack and all wild wolves, please keep up the calls to USFWS, the White House, and your Senators and Representatives.
  • White House: (202) 456-1111
  • USFWS (Washington, D.C. office): 1-800-344-9453
  • USFWS (Southwest Regional Office, Albuquerque): (505) 761-4748
Please click here to contact your elected representatives. Key talking points:
  • This wolf must be kept in the wild. She is a mother of four, a necessary component of her family’s social structure, and a biologically productive female at a time when wolves desperately need it.
  • USFWS must release more wolves into the wild. There are already hundreds of wolves in captivity but only 58 in the wilds of New Mexico and Arizona. Moreover, USFWS has not released a new wolf since 2008.
  • Lethal control or removal of wolves is extreme and unnecessary. This action against the Fox Mountain alpha wolf marks the first time in five years that a kill or removal order has been issued on behalf of livestock depredation. Nonlethal deterrents exist and must be exercised by both USFWS and livestock growers in order to maintain these vital, endangered animals in the Southwest.
Animal and wolf advocates may someday look back at the events of August 2012 as a watershed moment, but only if we keep the pressure on USFWS to keep these vital creatures on our public lands. Please make these calls today to help the struggling wolves of the Southwest.

Losing a Friend of the Earth is Not Easy

APNM and Animal Protection Voters were deeply saddened to learn that environmental stalwart, David Henderson, passed away at his Santa Fe home on August 4. A longtime conservation advocate in the Southwest, Dave worked in a variety of roles to ensure due consideration of wild animals and landscapes in our Land of Enchantment.

For decades, APNM’s staff have worked alongside Dave, including during his lengthy tenure as the leader of Audubon New Mexico, as a state Game Commissioner, and when he served on the board of the Southwest Forest Alliance.

Collaborative efforts included working for more sustainable wildlife laws related to depredation, and in particular for elk conservation, as well as for support of New Mexico’s state endangered species laws.

In addition to Dave’s leadership on Audubon’s educational programs, one of Dave’s most important contributions to wildlife policy changes was his successful work to ensure passage in 2001 of stronger state laws and regulations regarding the gathering and sale of amphibians and reptiles in New Mexico.  

In 2007, Audubon established the David Henderson Conservation and Education Endowment Fund to promote education and public engagement on endangered species in New Mexico. To contribute to this fund and continue Dave’s legacy in the Southwest, please contact Audubon New Mexico.

David will always be missed, but his bright, quick smile and abundant sense of humor will always be remembered by those lucky enough to have worked side by side with him.

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