from the NEW MEXICO NEWS CONNECTION - A statewide news service for New Mexico
Albuquerque - The UNM Lobos are on the road this week, but it's 'Wolf Awareness Week' here at home. UNM students and conservationists are working to build support for the revered and endangered mascot - also known as the Mexican Grey Wolf - in its battle for survival. While the UNM Lobos are getting ready to battle the Aztecs in San Diego this weekend, UNM students and others here at home are helping New Mexico's wild mascot in its battle for survival. Governor Richardson has declared this the first-ever 'Wolf Awareness Week' in the state. Nathan Newcomer with the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance says they've been working to educate people around the state and on campus, "Their mascot, the lobo, the Mexican grey wolf - is going extinct. There is about 25 wild lobos left in New Mexico, which is just a staggering figure to have."
Newcomer was at UNM this week urging students and staff to sign a resolution that calls on the federal government to ramp up recovery efforts until the goal of 100 wolves has been met. That goal was set in 1982, but conflicts cattle grazing in the recovery area have hampered the effort. Phil Carter with the UNM Wilderness Alliance says more help is needed from the federal government to protect the Lobo, "We are calling upon both U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other federal agencies to revise some of their policies that we believe are hindering success of the wolf populations in the wild."
For more information visit the http://www.nmwild.org/ and http://www.governor.state.nm.us/press/2007/oct/101507_02.pdf