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.