From The Paper in Albuquerque, New Mexico:
The Lobo, or Mexican gray wolf, listed under the Endangered Species Act in 1976 is the smallest, most genetically distinct and one of the rarest subspecies of the gray wolf. Wildlife advocates and science say a healthy wolf population supports the balance of ecosystems because predators act as checks on populations lower on the food chain which can benefit many other plant and animal species.
Wolves are highly intelligent pack animals and have been widely misunderstood through the millennia as wild and deadly beasts. They are the creatures of myth and folklore, often to their detriment. They are extremely social animals that develop very close social bonds with family members and their pack, often showing significant displays of affection and other emotions with each other. They avoid people as much as possible and are rarely seen along a highway or on a hiking trail.