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Reducing Wolf-Livestock Conflict   Additional Information

Reintroduction of a top predator such as the Mexican wolf is highly complex and often controversial. It is important to understand the role Mexican wolves are playing on the landscape, including the potential negative economic impacts on livestock producers. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and the Interagency Field Team work diligently with affected stakeholders to prevent, reduce, and compensate for negative economic impacts felt by affected stakeholders in the BRWRA.

Mexican Wolf Depredation Compensation
There are currently methods by which livestock producers are being compensated for depredation of livestock by Mexican wolves.

If you suspect a wolf depredation: Immediately contact the Interagency Field Team at
928/339- 4329 [or 623/236-7201 after hours/ weekends] to report the suspected wolf depredation and request an investigation by USDA Wildlife Services.

Mexican wolf. Credit: © Bob Martinson.
Mexican wolf. Credit: © Bob Martinson.

ARIZONA and NEW MEXICO
The Agricultural Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill), which is administered by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service & USDA Forest Service Mexican wolf. ©Bob Martinson the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Services Administration, is currently one of the primary funding sources available for depredation compensation.

ARIZONA: The Arizona Loss Livestock Board (ALLB). The ALLB addresses the economic impacts of wolves on individual producers by:

  • reimbursing confirmed and probable wolf-caused losses,
  • helping reduce their loses by approving projects and funding programs to discourage and prevent wolves from killing livestock,
  • providing funding for Pay for Presence, and
  • seeking appropriate levels of secure funding to support the actions of the Board.

POC is Kevin Kinsall 623/236-7281.

NEW MEXICO: The Mexican Wolf/Livestock Council. For more information visit the Mexican Wolf/ Livestock Council website at www. coexistencecouncil.org.

Mexican Wolf Payment for Presence Program
In addition to depredation compensation, Arizona and New Mexico Livestock producers can submit applications to the Mexican Wolf/Livestock Council to receive payments for livestock impacted by the presence of wolves under the Mexican Wolf/Livestock Plan. The Payments for Wolf Presence program creates incentives for ranching in ways that promote selfsustaining Mexican wolf populations, viable ranching operations and healthy western landscapes. The deadline for 2017 application submissions is June 1, 2018. (The council will disburse funds for 2016 this fall.) For more information and to download an application to receive payments, visit the Mexican Wolf/Livestock Council website at www.coexistencecouncil.org

Helicopter team moves Mexican wolf during wolf count. Credit: USFWS.
Helicopter team moves Mexican wolf during wolf count. Credit: USFWS.

Mexican Wolf Proactive Management Conflict Avoidance Measures
The Mexican wolf Interagency Field Team (IFT), non-governmental organizations, the U.S. Forest Service, and livestock producers work together to limit the interaction between wolves and livestock. The group uses a variety of strategies to reduce conflicts:

Turbo Fladry: an electric fence with red flagging installed around livestock holding pastures and private property to discourage wolves from crossing the perimeter.

Hay: feed purchased for livestock producers who opt to keep livestock consolidated during calving season.

Range Riders: contract employees with radio telemetry equipment used to assist livestock producers in monitoring wolf movements in relation to cattle.

Livestock Grazing Rotation: moving livestock between different pastures within USFS grazing allotments in order to avoid areas of high wolf use including den and rendezvous sites.

Exclusionary Fencing: an eightfoot-high fence enclosing areas of private property for the purposes of protecting especially vulnerable animals or other specific reasons.

Radio Telemetry Equipment: monitoring equipment issued to livestock producers to facilitate their own proactive management activities and aid in the detection and prevention of livestock depredations.

Diversionary Food Cache: road-killed native prey carcasses or carnivore logs provided to wolves to reduce potential conflicts with livestock primarily during denning season.

Partners
USDA Forest Service
The USDA Forest Service is a partner with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the Mexican Wolf Recovery Program. Ranger district offices in the Tonto, ApacheSitgreaves, and Coconino National Forests in Arizona and the Gila and Cibola National Forests in New Mexico can help with information on the Mexican wolf and provide safety guidelines in the event of a sighting.

USDA Wildlife Services
The USDA Wildlife Services is also a partner with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services in the Mexican Wolf Recovery Program. If there is a suspected wolf depredation on livestock, please contact the IFT as they will send out an investigative team to determine what killed the animal in question.

Arizona Game and Fish Department
The Arizona Game and Fish Department has been actively involved in the reintroduction and management of Mexican wolves in Arizona since 1998.

The above institutions are equal opportunity providers.

White Mountain Apache Tribe
The White Mountain Apache Tribe has been managing Mexican wolves on the 1.6 million acre Fort Apache Indian Reservation since 2000 to restore Mexican wolves to their native lands.

Contact Us
Our goal is to provide you with the most up-to-date information and remain transparent as we move forward with recovery of the Mexican wolf in a working landscape. Please reach out to us when you have questions or need additional information about the program.

Reporting Wolf Sightings or Suspected Livestock Depredations
You can call toll free at: 888/459-9653 or 928/339-4329 Mexican Wolf Interagency Field Team (IFT) Office P.O. Box 856 Alpine, AZ 85920 Office: 928/339-4329 or 888/459-9653 Fax: 928/339-4218

Visit the Proactive Management Activities page to learn more about our efforts to prevent or reduce wolf livestock conflicts.


Information about Mexican wolves and livestock/pet conflicts 1998-2015

 
 
Livestock Depredation Compensation (.pdf)
 
Frequently Asked Questions (.pdf)
 
Strategic Coexistence Plan(.pdf)
 
To Learn more about the Mexican Wolf/Livestock Coexistence Council please visit the Coexistence Council website (includes full Strategic Plan, application, donations, etc)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Last updated: April 3, 2018