Timber Wolf Alliance Coordinator and wolf biologist Adrian Wydeven is helping provide input on a Mexican gray wolf recovery plan for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). He is part of a team that met near Tucson, Arizona, in December 2015 and will be meeting again in the southwest in March and April.
The Mexican gray wolf was nearly wiped out with only a few remaining in Mexico. They were bred in captivity and reintroduced into the wild in Arizona and New Mexico beginning in 1998. Today, roughly 110 Mexican gray wolves live in the wild in the U.S. and thirteen in Mexico. About 240 Mexican gray wolves live in captivity in the U.S. and Mexico. “The role of our group is to inform the USFWS on scientific aspects of Mexican wolf recovery,” Wydeven said.