Thursday, 19 February 2015

Mexican Wolf Population Now Tops 100 in US

by Megan Gannon, News Editor | February 17, 2015 04:43pm ET

Once driven to the brink extinction in the United States, the population of Mexican wolves has doubled in the past five years.

There were at least 109 wild Mexican wolves, or lobos, in the Southwest in 2014, up from 83 in 2013, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced Friday (Feb. 13). It's the fifth year in a row the small population has grown. In 2010, there were just 50 Mexican wolves in the wild.

According to the latest wolf census — conducted through radio tracking, aerial surveys and sightings in the field — there are now 19 packs, with at least 53 wolves in New Mexico and 56 wolves in Arizona. The 2014 total also included 38 wild-born pups that survived through the end of the year, FWS officialssaid in a statement

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