Join the Franklin Mountains Wolf Pack

Sierra Club wolf card for print

Our new Franklin Mountains Wolf Pack had its first meeting earlier this month to discuss how people can help gain more public support for wolf reintroduction in Texas.  The group discussed a vision and goals and will meet again to review a strategic plan in May.  If you would like to be a part of the pack and help in anyway you can, send us a message using our Contact form.   We will add you to our email list to and notify you when we have our next meeting.

Last chance for Lost Dog Trail. Vote yes on May 4. Early voting starts on Earth Day, April 22

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Volunteers are needed to help get out the vote to protect the Lost Dog Trail and the surrounding Chihuahuan Desert landscape.   Contact Dr. Rick Bonart today for more information at 915-549-5585 or by email at rickbonart@earthlink.net.

What are Lost Dog Trails

Lost Dog is an amazing 1000 acre natural park located in northwest El Paso. Lost Dog is a place where anyone can hike, mountain bike, walk a dog or trail run. The trails and trailhead are 100% free to use and were built at no cost to the taxpayers.

The May 4 election represents a very rare opportunity to demonstrate your support for protecting our natural environment in El Paso.   Your vote will count on May 4.    Early voting starts on Earth Day, April 22.

Join the Franklin Mountains Wolf Pack

A Mexican wolf pack made up of the “two legged kind” is forming in El Paso this month as part of a new effort in El Paso to help return the wolf to the wilds of Texas. Everyone is invited to learn more by attending a special community meeting at the West El Paso Regional Command Center at 4801 Osborn at 7pm on Wednesday, April 10th.

Prior to the time when Mexican wolves went extinct in the wild during the late 1970s, the last wolves in West Texas were killed east of El Paso just north of Big Bend National Park.  Today this iconic symbol of the wild and important apex predator, survives in Texas only in zoos.  How can Texas sit back and allow the powers that be in Austin continue on the anti-wolf path that they are on today. Over 20,000 people (most from El Paso) have signed letters and petitions asking Texas Parks and Wildlife to support a plan to return the wolf to the wilds of Texas.

Seven months ago the El Paso Sierra Club sent the TPWD Executive Director Carter Smith 10,000 of those signatures. The response has been the same as it was over 25 years ago – totally negative and offering no hope for the return of the wolf.

El Paso Sierra Club Group Chair Laurence Gibson, in a letter to Smith stated “We believe that it is critical to the future of our ecosystem and the citizens of our state to preserve and protect all parts of the ecosystem.”   Gibson went on to urge Smith and Texas Parks and Wildlife to launch an effort to bring back the wolf to the wilds of Texas and to develop and implement a scientifically reviewed plan of action.  

Last summer the Texas Parks and ‘Wildlife Foundation launched a We Will Not Be Tamed campaign.  Bringing the wolf back to Texas will clearly demonstrate TPWD’s commitment to this important conservation initiative encouraging all Texans to get involved in conserving the wild things and wild places of our state.

To learn more, check out the Texas Wolf Take Action Center at elpasosierraclub.org.