2007 Scorecard Vote
Mexican wolves were first listed as an endangered species in 1976, after decades of human conflict had extirpated them from their native habitat in the southwestern United States. After years of captive breeding, the wolves were reintroduced into the wilds of Arizona and New Mexico in 1998. Since then, nearly 100 captive-bred wolves have been released, and the species' restoration has become one of the great conservation success stories.
During House consideration of H.R. 2643, the Interior-Environment appropriations bill, Representative Steve Pearce (R-NM) offered an amendment that would have eliminated funding for the Mexico wolf recovery program. On June 26, 2007, the Pearce amendment failed by a vote of 172-258 (House roll call vote 558). NO is the pro-environment vote.