Mexican Wolf Reintroduction Update

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This is a brief summary of current information about the Mexican gray wolf reintroduction in Arizona and New Mexico. Additional information can be obtained by calling (505) 248-6664 or (520) 367-4281 or visiting the Mexican wolf web site. Call toll-free at (888) 459-9653 to report suspected livestock depredation or incidents of take or harassment of wolves. The reintroduction is a multi-agency cooperative effort (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Arizona Game and Fish Department, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, USDA-Wildlife Services, U.S. Forest Service).

Please Note: Mexican wolves are given an identification number recorded in an official studbook that tracks the history of all known Mexican wolves. Capital letters preceding the number indicate adult animals M=male, F=female. Capital letter "A" preceding the letter and number indicates the alpha pair. Lower case letters indicate yearlings or pups.

Seasonal Note: Several packs are believed to be denning, therefore, several closures around potential den sites are now in effect. To find out more information regarding the closures, click on to "News Releases" within the Mexican wolf website.

Wildcat Pack (M578, F624, M580): Arizona/New Mexico: All three wolves remain separated. M578 had been missing since April 30; however, he was located on May 22 just north of Deming near I-10 outside of the recovery area. M580 has been moving north from the Eagle Creek area in Arizona towards Pinetop. F624 has been localized since April 19 near O Bar O Canyon on private land within the wolf recovery area in New Mexico. The field team has suspected for several weeks now that she has been denning and tending to pups. On May 24 the field personnel located the den and found two pups. She appears to be raising them alone without a mate since she and males 578 and 580 have been separated for quite some time now.

Saddle Pack (AM574, AF510, f645, f646, m647, m648): Arizona: Yearling m647 has been located between Springerville and Show Low near Cerro Hueco. Yearling m648 was removed from the San Carlos Reservation at their request and re-released near Lee Valley Reservoir. He has been moving between the Big Lake area and the White Mountain Reservation. The field team is currently attempting to capture him due to several reports of nuisance behavior. The rest of the pack has localized in the Chitty Canyon and Salt House Creek areas. On May 17, project personnel observed the pack together. Mixed in with the adult howls were high-pitched, yipping howls, which we believe to be pups.

Hawks Nest Pack (AM619, AF486, + 2 year olds {genders/status unknown}), + yearling m674): Arizona: The pair has continued moving regularly between Sierra Blanca and the Campbell Blue Drainage. Yearling m674 has been located with Francisco F587 moving up the Black River and remaining near the West Fork of the Black River. On May 6, what we believe to be a wolf pup was seen with F587 and m674. Although these two wolves have been traveling together lately, it is unlikely m674 is the father of the pup since he is only one year old and wolves typically do not reach sexual maturity until two years of age.

Cienega Pack (AM194, AF487, F621) Arizona: F621 traveled to New Mexico but then returned to Arizona where she was briefly located with the Saddle Pack on May 15. She is currently with her pack near Grant Creek. The adults have remained localized near Grant Creek and are possibly tending to pups.

Francisco Pack (AM509, AF511, F587 + yearlings f644, m643, m642, m641) Arizona: The pack has been using the areas around the northeastern boundary of the San Carlos Apache Reservation. AF511 is believed to be denning and tending to pups. AM509 was located several times on the National Forest near Baldy Bill Point. Hawks Nest yearling m674 was at one time located with the pack, but he and Francisco F587 continue to travel together in the West Fork area of the Black River.

Campbell Blue Pack (AM166, AF592) New Mexico: The pair was released together in December but split up shortly after being released. They now appear to be reuniting and have been located together near O Bar O canyon since May 7.

Pipestem Pack (AM190, M627, F628): New Mexico AM190 and F628 have been located near the Middle Fork of the Gila River and near Lily Canyon. On April 24, AF191 was found dead near Aeroplane Mesa. Cause of death is not known. Results of necropsy are pending. Male 627 has not been located since July 2.


hunter25's picture

I guess it's good to get an

I guess it's good to get an update on how these wolf packs are doing but I have a hard time getting excited when I hear they are doing well after all the problems we have had with their northern cousins. They don't seem to be as prolific but if they ever take off like up north I;m sure we'll have just as many problems getting these under control as well and we don't have nearly as many game animals to work with as up north.

In general I'm not to supportive of any predator reintroduction programs any more as we the hunters are enough of a predator base aourselves with much better management control due to the license systems.