There's new hope for all species fighting extinction.
In a controversial move, up to 10 Mexican gray wolves (El Lobo) will be released in 2016 by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The species numbers approximately 109 in two states, Arizona and New Mexico. Advocates say that unless numbers increase, inbreeding will cause fewer pups to grow healthily or to full term.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department, along with the Attorney General's Office, filed a lawsuit Monday against the federal government for lacking an updated recovery plan for the Mexican gray wolf, an endangered species.
A coalition of environmentalists filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) for its failure to protect the Mexican gray wolf, one of the most endangered species in North America, over recent decades, demanding that a better recovery plan be instilled, according to reports.
Federal wildlife officials are currently investigating the death of a Mexican grey wolf whose corpse was found in Arizona's Blue Range recovery area. Few other details have been provided, but the issue does help highlight an ongoing debate about the fate of these endangered animals in southwest states.
The first litter of Mexican gray wolf pups to be born via artificial insemination was unveiled at a Mexico City zoo Wednesday, as part of an effort by officials to reintroduce this endangered subspecies to its natural range.