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Home > Mexican Wolves > About The Project > Mexican Wolf Monthly Report: May 2014

Mexican Wolf Monthly Report: May 2014

by Mark MacAllister

Page 2 : Pack Summaries

Arizona
Bluestem Pack - During May, the Bluestem Pack continued to use its traditional territory in the central portion of the (Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest (ASNF). The Bluestem Pack continues to exhibit denning behavior and researchers counted at least 3 new pups with the pack this month.

Elk Horn Pack - In May, the Elk Horn Pack exhibited denning behavior within its traditional territory in the northeast portion of the ASNF in Arizona. The telemetry collar on AM1287 stopped functioning this month. Researchers have confirmed that AM1287 is still alive and with F1294 in May.

Rim Pack - In May, the Rim Pack was located in the south-central portion of the ASNF. The pack is exhibiting denning behavior and on May 30, researchers observed at least one pup with the Rim Pack.

Hawks Nest Pack - During May, the Hawks Nest Pack was located within their traditional territory in the north central portion of the ASNF. The Hawks Nest Pack continues to exhibit denning behavior.

Maverick Pack - During May, the Maverick Pack was located within their traditional territory both on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation (FAIR) and the central portion of the ASNF. On May 25, researchers documented a minimum of four pups in the Maverick Pack.

Tsay o Ah Pack - Throughout May, the Tsay o Ah Pack was located on the FAIR. Researchers continue to document denning behavior in this pack.

Coronado Pack - In May M1249 and F1126 were still separated. On May 1, a food cache was started for F1126 and researchers determined that F1126 had whelped pups. F1126 has no previous experience in the wild, and with no mate to assist her with hunting and rearing the pups, researchers determined that the pups would not likely survive based on previous occurrences of inexperienced lone females being unsuccessful in raising pups in the wild. On May 14, trapping was initiated to catch and remove F1126 and her pups to captivity. On May 16, researchers caught F1126 and located the den with 6 pups. Researchers removed F1126 to captivity with four of the pups and all of these wolves were alive at the end of May. The two remaining pups were translocated into the Dark Canyon Pack den in New Mexico for cross-fostering purposes to be raised by the Dark Canyon Pack. The pups were placed with the Dark Canyon litter so they could be raised by the Dark Canyon Pack. All four pups in captivity survived.

Hoodoo Pack - In May F1218 was located dead in Arizona. The incident is under investigation. M1290 has traveled separate from F1218 since the pair had split up in April. M1290 traveled north through White Mountain ApacheTribe (WMAT) territory and was observed near livestock on May 16. M1290 was chased out of the livestock and remained on WMAT until May 30, when researchers obtained a visual of M1290 and one uncollared animal.

New Mexico
Dark Canyon Pack - Throughout May, researchers located this pack within its traditional territory in the west-central portion of the Gila National Forest (GNF). In early May researchers documented denning behavior in this pack. On May 15, researchers cross-fostered two pups from F1126's litter into the Dark Canyon pack's den. Three pups were located in the Dark Canyon den; AF923 is now caring for 5 pups. After the two pups were cross-fostered into the Dark Canyon Pack, AF923 moved the pups to a new den location. A supplemental food cache was established to aid AF923 in caring for the additional pups placed in its den.

Fox Mountain Pack - During May, researchers documented these wolves within the northwest portion of the GNF. M1276 has not been located during the month of May. The Fox Mountain Pack continues to display denning behavior. On May 2, Wildlife Services investigated a dead cow near Centerfire, New Mexico. The investigation determined that the cow was killed by wolves and the incident was assigned to AM1158 or one uncollared wolf associated with the Fox Mountain Pack. A food cache was established by researchers and no depredations have resulted since the food cache has been utilized by pack members. Researchers continue to monitor the Fox Mountain Pack closely.

Luna Pack - In May, researchers located the alpha pair within their traditional territory in the north-central portion of the GNF. In May M1284 has been located separate from the pack for at least three months and is now considered a single wolf. The Luna Pack has continued to display denning behavior. Two uncollared wolves have been documented with the Luna Pack. Researchers believe these uncollared wolves are pups from 2013.

San Mateo Pack - In May, researchers located AM1157 and AF903 in the pack’s traditional territory in the northern portion of the GNF. Researchers have documented denning behavior in this pack despite the advanced age of AF903. On May 22, Wildlife Services investigated a dead cow near Canyon Del Buey in New Mexico. The cow was confirmed to have been killed by a wolf and assigned to an uncollared wolf associated with the San Mateo pack.

Willow Springs Pack - In May, the Willow Springs Pack used their traditional territory in the north central portion of the GNF. The Willow Springs pack continues to display denning behavior.

Canyon Creek Pack - During May, researchers located these wolves within their traditional territory in the central portion of the GNF. During May, researchers have documented denning behavior in this pack.

Prieto Pack - In May, researchers located this wolf within its traditional territory in the north-central portion of the GNF. Researchers documented denning behavior in this pack May. The breeding male is uncollared.

Mangas Pack - In May, the Mangas Pack utilized the area in the northeastern portion of the GNF. Researchers have documented denning behavior in this pack in May.

Iron Creek Pack - M1240 has been located with F1278 in May. In May, F1278 began displaying denning behavior. Because they have displayed denning behavior and been located together for almost three months M1240 and F1278 have been designated the Iron Creek Pack. This pack has localized in the northern portion of the Gila Wilderness and the southern portion of the Gila National Forest.

Lone wolf M1284 - In May, M1284 has been located separate from the Luna Pack for three months and is now considered a single wolf. M1284 made dispersal movements traveling between the GNF and the Gila Wilderness Area. On May 19, Wildlife Services investigated a dead calf near O bar O Mountain in New Mexico. The cause of death was confirmed as a wolf and assigned to M1284 and any uncollared wolves with it at the time.

Lone wolf M1240 - Researchers documented this wolf traveling through the central portion of the GNF. M1240 was located with f1278 during the month. Researchers are monitoring M1240 and f1278 to determine if f1278 will den; however, no denning behavior was observed in April.

Lone wolf M1285 - In May, M1285 made wide dispersal movements in the GNF of New Mexico and the Gila Wilderness Area.

Lone wolf M1286 - In May, M1286 continued to make wide dispersal movements in the GNF.

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