Today, wild Mexican gray wolves are as related to one another as full siblings.
Cross-foster recovery technique provides the opportunity to increase the population's genetics with the hope the pup will eventually spread her genes to the greater population.The WCC has been a critical partner in the Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Program Program
for nearly two decades. To date, three adult Mexican gray wolves from the center have been released in the wild. Participating in a cross-foster, however, is a historic first for the center.
The Mexican gray wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) or "lobo" is the most genetically distinct lineage of wolves in the Western Hemisphere, and one of the most endangered mammals in North America. By the mid-1980s, hunting, trapping, and poisoning caused the extinction of lobos in the wild, with only seven remaining rescued from extinction in captivity. In 1998, the wolves were reintroduced into the wild as part of a federal reintroduction program under the Endangered Species Act. Today in the U.S., there is a single wild population comprising only 131 individuals – an increase from 114 counted at the end of 2017.
Learn more at NYWOLF.ORG