The New Mexico Council of Outfitters and Guides (NMCOG) is looking for individuals who might still possess historic Mexican wolf hides/skulls from any wolf killed in New Mexico prior to the current re-introduction period. These wolves might have been killed or found by your grandparents/great grandparents and are perhaps still displayed in your trophy room or gathering dust in a barn somewhere.
NMCOG is attempting to gather DNA from historic Mexican wolves in order to further scientific research to prove that Mexican wolves and gray wolves are of the same lineage and therefore, should not be classified as two different species within the Endangered Species Act.
As most of you are well aware, the USFWS is currently attempting to expand the range and protections of the Mexican wolf. NMCOG is fighting this expansion. An expansion of this nature will undoubtedly put NM and AZ on the path to becoming the wolf predation mess that is currently being experienced in WY, ID and MT. With the USFWS proposing an increase to between 300 and 1,000 wolves, the ungulate populations of NM simply cannot sustain additional predator pressure of that size.
Please contact the Council if you know of anywhere that we might be able to find the DNA that we are looking for. Feel free to forward this to anyone you know who might have historic Mexican wolf DNA.
Kerrie C. Romero
Executive Director (www.nmoutfitters.com)
51 Bogan Rd.
Stanley, NM 87056