The latest census of Mexican gray wolves in the United States shows a 5 percent increase, to 196 individuals, according to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service data. It's a welcome bump up, but the species still needs to be protected so it can move beyond its current listing as an endangered species, according to Defenders of Wildlife.
“The increase in the number of Mexican gray wolves is encouraging, but there is still significant work to be done to save this critically endangered subspecies," said Patricia Estrella, the New Mexico representative for Defenders. "Continuing to improve conservation efforts to reduce illegal mortalities, expand areas where the wolves are allowed to roam and address the genetic problems this species faces will help the population continue to rebound.”