To honor our incredible wildlife, Defenders has declared 2019 the Year of Coexistence. Over the course of the year, we'll highlight innovative ways people are sharing the landscape with wildlife.
August: Mexican Gray Wolves
Mexican gray wolves were wiped out from their native habitat in the United States by the mid-1970’s. Only a handful of Mexican gray wolves remained in captivity. After being reintroduced to the wild over two decades ago, the Mexican gray wolf is still one of the rarest mammals in North America, with only around 130 individuals in the wild.
There are many hurdles hindering the recovery of the Mexican wolf, including illegal killing, declining genetic diversity, and federal legislation aimed at removing protections for the wolf. As the population slowly recovers, Defenders works directly with ranchers and tribal members to implement proven techniques to keep wolves and livestock safe. These include using range riders to watch over livestock, moving livestock away from wolf dens, erecting special fencing and more.