Recovery of Mexican Gray Wolves Remains Elusive

Federal efforts to bring back the endangered animal in the Southwest have backfired, critics say.
By Julie Cart
July 26, 2009
Reporting from Gila National Forest, N.M. — Something has gone awry — some would say everything has — in the federal government’s effort to reestablish the population of Mexican wolves, North America’s most endangered mammal.

Beginning with an initial release of 11 wolves in 1998, the Mexican wolf population in the Southwest was projected to reach at least 100 by 2006. Three years beyond, the number of wolves in the wild is half that.