Field Notes
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Field Notes Entry   
Mexican Wolf Recovery Activities in January 2005
Southwest Region, January 31, 2005
Print Friendly Version
The number of Mexican wolves in the wild at the end of January 2005 is thought to be a conservative 51-56 animals. This includes 25 radiocollared animals in 10 packs, one group, and 2 lone wolves. Additional field data suggests there could be at least 25-30 additional wolves, including pups and uncollared animals distributed among the packs and groups, or occuring as single animals.

On 19 January 2005, Interagency Field Team (IFT) personnel assisted the White Mountain Apace Tribe in soft-releasing an adult female (#613) on Tribal lands. Hopes are that this female will join up with a wild-roaming adult male (#578) in the area and establish a pair bond. The mate of #578 was found dead last year, the apparent victim of a gunshot wound.

On 25 and 27 January 2005, male (#871) and female (#873), respectively, pups of the year were captured on a livestock allotment in Arizona. Both animals were released in July 2004, with their parents and a sibling, and were collectively known as the Aspen pack. Both of these animals were implicated in a livestock depredation incident where one calf was killed and 2 heifers injured (one of wihich had to be destroyed given the nature and extent of its injuries. Both animals are currently being held at the Sevilleta NWR Wolf Facility in New Mexico, pending evaluation for potential release elsewhere in the Wolf Recovery Area.

Four public open houses for the Wolf Reintroduction Program Five Year Review were held 26, 27, 28, and 29 January 2005 in Truth or Consequences, NM, Glenwood, NM, Alpine, AZ, and Phoenix, AZ, respectively. The meetings were well attended with 50 or more attendees at each location. The meetings allowed the opportunity for one-on-one interaction between members of the public and wolf recovery/reintroduction personnel. Specific topics addressed included questions about the Five Year Review, the history, current status, and future goals of the program, and standard operating procedures for the various elements of wolf reintroduction (e.g., captures, initial releases, translocations, control procedures).

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov
Find a Field Notes Entry

Search by keyword

Search by State

Search by Region

US Fish and Wildlife Service footer