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Mexican Gray Wolf
One of the five recognized subspecies of gray wolves found in North America. This subspecies is the most genetically unique and endangered of the five subspecies. Other common names include Mexican wolf and lobo. For more information about the Mexican wolf.

Mexican Wolf Recovery Plan
A document that is prepared by the Mexican Wolf Recovery Team, that outlines the tasks and actions necessary to recover the subspecies within parts of its former range. The original plan was completed in 1982 and is currently being rewritten by the Recovery Team.

Miocene
adj. [GEOLOGY] of, relating to, or denoting the fourth epoch of the Tertiary period, between the Oligocene and Pliocene epochs. [as n.] (the Miocene) the Miocene epoch or the system of rocks deposited during it. The Miocene epoch lasted from 23.3 million to 5.2 million years ago. During this time, the Alps and Himalayas were being formed and there was diversification of the primates, including the first apes. A cooling period. mid 19th cent.: formed irregularly from Greek ‘less’ + kainos ‘new’.

(2010-04-01). The New Oxford American Dictionary (Kindle Locations 523875-523888). Oxford University Press. Kindle Edition.

Natal Pack; The basic wolf pack consists of a breeding pair and its offspring, which function in a tight-knit unit year-round. Wolves disperse from their natal pack.

Near-dispersers; those wolves that attempt to breed with  wolves in neighboring territories through biding, budding, or replacing established breeders.

NMDGF (New Mexico Department of Game and Fish)
One of the state agencies that participates in the management of the Mexican gray wolf in the recovery area.

Nominate Subspecies
In zoological nomenclature, when a species is split into subspecies, the originally described population is retained as the “nominotypical subspecies”[3] or “nominate subspecies”, which repeats the same name as the species.