Mexican Wolf Reintroductions in the Southwest
The Mexican wolf, a separate sub species of wolf, had been extinct in the wild since the mid-1950s. The last five wild Mexican wolves were captured in the 1970s in Mexico. These five plus two others that were already in captivity were the founders of the captive breeding program, which was set up with the goal of reestablishing wild populations. The first reintroductions of Mexican wolves to the wild in 1998 did not go well, but since then the results have been more promising. There are now five groups of Mexican wolves living in the wild in Arizona and New Mexico and more reintroductions are planned.
We spoke with Brian Kelly about the natural history of Mexican wolves and the reintroduction program.