Protect Endangered Wolves From Harmful Trapping

Target: Sharon Salazar Hickey, Chair of the New Mexico Game Commission

Goal: Close areas occupied by the endangered Mexican gray wolf to commercial and recreational trapping.

Endangered Mexican gray wolves are consistently getting caught in leghold traps in New Mexico and Arizona. According to the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife, 45 wolves have been unintentionally trapped in Mexican wolf territory since 2002, with the most recent reported trapping in November of 2019. Many wolves have experienced injuries, amputation, and even death.

The Mexican gray wolf is an endangered species that the federal government has been working to reintroduce into the wild for decades. They have reached many roadblocks along the way, including poaching, hunting, trapping and political divisiveness. However, reintroduction and recovery efforts have shown moderate success and wolf populations have grown.

Unintentional trapping has become a large threat to the wolves fragile population, particularly in New Mexico. Two bills were proposed in New Mexico, House Bill 366, which is the Wildlife Protection and Public Safety Act and Senate Bill 390, Trapping Regulation Changes. This legislation could have been significant in protecting wolf populations, though both bills have been postponed indefinitely.

The Mexican gray wolf is an apex predator critical to the Southwestern desert ecosystem of the United States. In addition, the wolf is a distinct cultural symbol for Native Americans and others traditionally inhabiting the Southwest. Leghold trapping poses an imminent threat to their population and could reverse the decades-long struggle to recover their species in the wild. Sign below to demand the New Mexico Game Commission close occupied wolf territory to commercial and recreational trapping.


Dear Ms. Salazar Hickey,

The Mexican gray wolf has been fighting extinction for decades. Once again, their populations face an imminent threat that will contribute to their ultimate decimation if action is not taken. Leghold trapping has injured and even caused death to Mexican gray wolves. We cannot afford to lose another wolf.

The mission statement of the New Mexico Game Commission is “Conserving New Mexico’s Wildlife for Future Generations.” I encourage you to apply this statement to the livelihood of the Mexican gray wolf by working with the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife to implement tangible legislation addressing leghold trapping. I demand that you close wolf territory to any recreational or commercial trapping in order to ensure the survival of the Mexican gray wolf.


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Photo Credit: Tony Hisgett

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  1. Evan Jane Kriss says:

    The Mexican Gray Wolf is an ENDANGERED SPECIES. NO trapping or hunting of it should EVER be permitted, and NO trapping or hunting of any animals should ever be permitted on our public lands.

  2. Lynda Korenstra RN says:

    The barbaric act of using the tortious steel traps needs to stop. I do not understand how people can be so intentionally inhumane.

  3. The only good hunter is a dead one! Hunt the hunters! These vile bastard hunters must be turned into fertiliser!

  4. Rotten, stinking hunters. They are nothing but cowardly murderers of innocent animals. If hunters want sport, then each other!!

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