An Open Letter to the Editor of Albuquerque Journal

Dear Editor:

Thank you for printing the article regarding the release of six Mexican wolves into the Gila Wilderness.

Endangered Mexican Wolves need to be reintroduced to Southwest

Mexican Wolf photo courtesy of Defenders of Wildlife

I am especially pleased to hear about the Mexican wolf family being returned to the wild, where they belong. I think this step is an important part of wolf recovery, and we need to keep moving forward.

That said, I believe the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) should allow wolves to be released throughout the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area. There are fewer than 90 wild Mexican wolves in the entire world. That is unacceptable. We need more wolves released into the wild so as to increase the genetic health of the species and to balance nature.

I understand the USFWS is holding a hearing on August 13 to allow people the opportunity to speak out for the Mexican wolvesโ€™ recovery. I think this is an important event that should not be missed. Hopefully, the USFWS can come up with a comprehensive recovery plan that will ensure a successful future for Mexican wolves.

Mexican wolves are essential to the ecosystem

Mexican wolf photo courtesy of Defenders of Wildlife

This cause is important to me because I am a mother, wildlife advocate, and writer, and I believe that wolf recovery is critical to the whole of nature. Thank you for your time.

Kate Johnston


29 thoughts on “An Open Letter to the Editor of Albuquerque Journal

    • It’s probably no surprise that I feel strongly about this cause, Carrie, I tweet and post on FB often enough! ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t stop at wolves, of course, but I feel that if we can get people to understand the scientific reasons behind the importance of top predators in ecosystems, other species will benefit.


    • Hi Letizia,

      It’s a heartwarming story, and another point that shows these animals are social animals and need to be in packs to thrive. That’s why we need more out there. Thanks for commenting!


  1. I wish more people could understand that we would be healthier as a species if we allowed other species to play their roles in the environment. The deer and Canada Goose populations are out of control around here, and it has a negative effect on all aspects of the environment. We could use more native predators!


    • I know what you mean. The deer are so accustomed to having their way around here that they don’t even scare off that easily. That’s not saying I mind the deer, because I absolutely love them, and they’re beautiful to watch at dawn in the wintertime.

      Up here, the coyotes have pretty much filled the spot wolves once had (wolves are considered extinct in NH, although some deep-woods people are quick to disagree!), but people treat them like pests, or worse, a danger. Granted, I wouldn’t leave my toddler outside in an area known to be patrolled by coyotes, but those animals have had to learn how to live with us encroaching on their space, not the other way around. I think we’re quick to forget that.


  2. Well said, Kate. The loss of healthy, thriving ecosystems should not and cannot be ignored, and that means the preservation and restoration of apex predators, wherever they are threatened or lost.


    • Thanks, Darren. I hope that we all come to a similar understanding and appreciation of every species, whether we consider them pests or not. Look at what is happening to the bee population, all because we put our needs and wants first.


  3. Nice letter, Kate.
    It’s one thing when Nature is left alone to allow species to thrive or die. But I somehow doubt the Mexican wolf population would be as dangerously low as it is without human interference.
    Thanks for adding your voice, and bringing this to our attention.


    • We indeed are the reason the wolf population is so low. We have to fix it. For that same reason, I believe we need to protect panthers, rhinos, elephants, manatees, turtles, bees, butterflies–and then some–any species we humans had a direct hand in affecting.

      There is an interesting debate about what to do with the declining wolf population on Isle Royale, on Lake Superior, and whether we should intervene by bringing new genes to the island or let nature take its course. This goes along with the point you raise about nature. Here is a link if you’re interested in learning more:


  4. great to hear your voice again – I frequently have to remind myself that we – humans – are the true trespassers in nature. Great letter and i hope it stirs it up – keep us posted. Clay


    • We really are, Clay. I think most of us forget that part of history. This world is surely big enough for all of us, so we don’t need to be so greedy. I hope good things happen for these wolves.


  5. I am always glad to see projects introducing animals back into their historical environments. The elk introductions back into northern Wisconsin is a fine example. That said, the introduction of a top predator back into these areas is a tricky business. the problem is not with the animals per se, but with humans. We seem to think that we are above everything else in nature. At some point in the past, we hunted the wolves to near extinction. In some cases, just to prove we could. that attitude has not changed with the majority. Wolf introduction face an uphill battle regardless of the location because of the negative image that has been created of a thousand years. the key to success is to actively chip away at the misconceptions and improve public awareness. Wolves are wolves and they will do what wolves do. They will not change for us so, we need to be cognizant of the full ramifications of our actions both historical and in the future. Your voice is heard Kate. Keep at it.


    • Dennis, I have the same worries as you. Educating the public is our best course of action in the effort to bring back predators, or any misunderstood species. While we will never reach everyone, I believe we will continue to make headway as long as we talk about the scientific reasons behind the need to protect these species.


    • Hey Dianne,

      Thanks for letting me know the page isn’t available. I will remove the link. I do know that the hearing went well. More than half of the people who were there were supporters of the wolves and arguing to bring them back to their native territory. They will continue to fight for this cause, and I’m sure I’ll be updating you guys!


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