Texas Wolf Pack

Thank you for visiting the Texas Wolf Pack website. The Mexican wolf is one of the rarest large mammals in the world and can use all the help it can get. Your support is critical to its recovery in Texas and we hope that you will join us and show your support by completing the form below.

How you can help

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1. Facebook Posts     2. Raise funds for research and travel expenses     3.  Reach out to other Texas Cities     4.  Present programs in schools etc. 5. Make phone calls to elected officials     6. Write letters to the Editor      7. Personally visit elected officials      8. Send emails to friends     9. Organize events

Historically, Mexican wolves were distributed across portions of the southwestern United States and northern and central Mexico. In the United States, this range included eastern, central, and southern Arizona; southern New Mexico; and western Texas.  Prior to the extinction of Canis lupus baileyi in the wild, the last confirmed sightings of Mexican wolves in the United States were in 1970 when two wolves were trapped and killed in West Texas.  One wolf was documented on the Cathedral Mountain Ranch approximately 17 miles south of Alpine, Texas and 64 miles north of Big Bend National Park (approximately 230 miles southeast of El Paso.  A second wolf was trapped and killed on the Joe Neal Ranch about 10 miles southwest of Sanderson, Texas about 60 miles northeast of the park.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service has never conducted a comprehensive habitat analysis of the West Texas area as a potential site for reintroduction of the wolf.  A 2006 study looked at strategies for regional reintroductions of wolves in the southwest and included a habitat restoration scenario chart. The report concluded that in 2025 the West Texas area just north of Big Bend National Park will have about 70% of the potential for wolf restoration as the state of New Mexico.

Why is Wolf Restoration Texas Important?

Returning this apex predator will greatly benefit our environment in many ways by helping to maintain the balance of nature and restoring the biodiversity of Texas. For example, scientific studies at Yellowstone National Park where wolves have been carefully monitored since they were reintroduced to the ecosystem nearly 20 years ago clearly show numerous benefits to the environment.

The return of wolves to the wilds of Texas will also help to maintain the current growth of Texas’ dynamic travel and tourism industry and its important contributions to the state economy.  Texas is a premier destination for domestic and international travelers where travel totaled an estimated $70.5 billion in 2014 supporting 630,000 jobs across the state.   Reintroduction of wolves to Texas will positively impact ecotourism in the state and will greatly benefit Texas economically. For example, a study led by University of Montana economist John Duffield showed that visitors who come to Yellowstone to see wolves contribute roughly $35.5 million annually to the regional economy.

Millions of Texans are proud of their natural heritage and want to restore and protect Texas habitat and wildlife. Join the Texas Wolf Pack today and be a part of an exciting effort to bring back the wolf to the wilds of Texas.