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Mexican Gray Wolf Annual Inventory and Captive Operations, January 2007
Southwest Region, January 31, 2007
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The Interagency Field Team (IFT) conducted its annual end-of-year count in the Mexican gray wolf (federally listed as endangered) recovery area.  The IFT used a fixed-winged and rotary-winged aircraft during the census and counted 49 wolves.  The IFT used wolf sign to determine an additional 10 wolves for a total of 59 wolves within the Recovery Area.  Seven breeding pairs were determined present within the Recovery Area at the end of 2006.

The Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) participated with Turner Endangered Species Fund, IFT members, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish conservation officers, and volunteers to capture and separate five wolves to prevent breeding in captivity at the Ladder Wolf Management Facility in New Mexico.  The action was necessary because there are no plans for initial releases from the Wolf Management Facilities to the wild.  The Service captured and moved two wolves from the Ladder Wolf Facility to the Sevilleta Wolf Facility, also in New Mexico.  These wolves are being readied for translocation.

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov



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