These charismatic canids were eradicated from the American West by the mid-1900s at the behest of the livestock industry. Science now tells us that wolves are critical to the health of the landscapes that they inhabit. WildEarth Guardians uses a variety of tools, including policy advocacy, public education and litigation to advance the cause of weaving wolves back into the heart of the American West.
In the Southern Rocky Mountains (i.e. south central Wyoming, western Colorado and north central New Mexico), we are working to foment the recovery of gray wolves. Science shows the region could host over 1,000 wolves, but reintroduction may be necessary to jump start recovery. We think that Rocky Mountain National Park and surrounding federal lands, totaling about over two million acres, could provide a strong foothold for wolves in the Southern Rockies.
In the Gila Bioregion of southwestern New Mexico and southeastern Arizona, we strive to ensure that Mexican wolves flourish, in the face of illegal killings and government removals. Working to rekindle and protect the tiny population of Mexican wolves in the Southwest, WildEarth Guardians has joined with other groups to launch www.mexicanwolves.org.
To make the West safe for wolves, WildEarth Guardians is working to:
- Restore an ecologically effective wolf population to the Southern Rockies, through litigation and public outreach.
- Obtain full recovery of the Mexican wolf in the Gila, through litigation and voluntary retirement of grazing permits on federal land.
- Protect wolves throughout the West from the dangers of trapping, shooting, and predator control devices.
- Connect one million people with wolves in a way that engages them in letter writing, rally attending activism.
With a little help from their human friends and freedom from persecution, wolves can once again work their ecological magic in the West.