Mexican Gray Wolves once roamed the Navajo Nation, and the southwestern U.S. until around the 1970s. Wolves were targeted for elimination since the early 1900s when they were viewed as a threat to livestock and human activities. This wolf was listed as an Endangered Species under the Endangered Species Act in 1976. Recovery efforts for this animal took a big step in the 1990s when wolves were reintroduced into parts of Arizona and New Mexico in an attempt to establish wild populations. Mexican Gray Wolves are carnivores. They live and travel in packs hunting small-to-large mammals ranging in size from mice and squirrels to deer and elk.

Mexican Gray Wolf is named "Máiitsoh" in the Navajo language. The Wolf is considered as a messenger and well respected and honored by the Navajo People.