Webinar: Dave Parsons and Kim Crumbo Discuss Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery
Join Project Coyote and The Rewilding Institute for a FREE Webinar
~ May 12 @ 2pm ET / 12pm MT / 11am PT ~
Please join Project Coyote Science Advisor, wildlife biologist and former US Fish & Wildlife Mexican Wolf Recovery Coordinator Dave Parsons and Mexican Wolf Recovery Consultant and former National Park Service Wilderness Coordinator Kim Crumbo for a free webinar about Mexican gray wolf recovery in the Southwest. Topics will include the wolves’ current status as well as opportunities to get involved in efforts to help this iconic and highly endangered species.
As explained in our recent Notes from the Field, the Mexican gray wolf is the most endangered gray wolf in North America. It is the southernmost subspecies of gray wolf and formerly ranged throughout the U.S. Southwest and northern Mexico. Like other gray wolves in the lower 48 U.S. states, it was persecuted to near extinction by the mid-1900s. In 1976, the Mexican gray wolf was placed on the list of endangered species under the Endangered Species Act.
While the increasing number of Mexican wolves in the wild is encouraging, many problems persist that continue to threaten their survival. These include severe genetic inbreeding, excessive human-caused mortality by both poachers and the agency managers (the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the States), and political opposition to the recovery effort primarily from the States and hunting and livestock interests.
Several conservation groups filed lawsuits to try to protect the Mexican wolf, and the United States District Court in Arizona ruled in their favor in March 2018, ordering the USFWS to revise the relevant rule and to address the multiple deficiencies identified in the final Court Order by May of 2021.
The Court Order was a huge victory for Lobo advocates and provides what may be the last opportunity for the conservation community to convince the USFWS to make the necessary changes to the rule to ensure the long-term future of our native gray wolf—the Lobo of the Southwest. Project Coyote, in collaboration with The Rewilding Institute, will be addressing the multiple complex issues involved in our comments to the USFWS, and will discuss these issues and more in this free webinar. (More about that, and information about how you can submit comments, here.)
This event takes place on Tuesday, May 12, at 2:00 pm ET / 12:00 noon MT / 11:00 am PT.
We hope you can join us!
~Project Coyote and Rewilding Earth
Director of Digital Outreach (D.O.D.O.) for The Rewilding Institute
Host and Producer of the Rewilding Earth Podcast
Jack started Rewilding work as Executive Director of Sky Island Alliance in the mid-1990’s, organizing the Sky Island Wildlands Network design, ripping up illegal roads on forest service lands, installing wolf acclimatization pens on Ted Turner’s Ladder Ranch & conducting howling surveys to help make way for the final stage of the Lobo reintroduction program in the Southwest.
Through the years, Jack has worked with Dave Foreman and the Rewilding Gang to further Rewilding initiatives and education.