Mexican Wolf Monthly Report: March 2015
by Mark MacAllister
: Pack Summaries
Bluestem Pack - In March, the Bluestem Pack continued to use its traditional territory in the central portion of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest (ASNF). Wolf f1339 continues to travel separate from the pack with single m1394 and has been located on the San Carlos Apache Reservation (SCAR) for all of March. Wolf f1340 remained separated from the Bluestem Pack for the month of March and traveled within the ASNF from Big Lake to Greens Peak. The pair was observed south of Greens Peak in Arizona. In March, the satellite collar on AM1341 dropped off; the design of this collar allows the collar to drop off the wolf, and be retrieved for re-programming as the collar nears the end of its battery life. Researchers have concluded the predation study for Winter 2015. The Bluestem Pack was monitored as part of that study.
Elk Horn Pack - In March, AF1294 and M1342 were located within their traditional territory in the northeast portion of the ASNF in Arizona. At the end of March the collar on M1342 began to fail and is currently no longer functioning. Researchers have obtained photos of M1342 with the use of a trail camera indicating the wolf is still alive and traveling with AF1294.
Hawks Nest Pack - In March, the Hawks Nest Pack was located within its traditional territory in the north central portion of the ASNF. Researchers concluded the Winter 2015 predation study. The Hawks Nest Pack was monitored as part of that study.
Maverick Pack - During March, the Maverick Pack traveled within its traditional territory both on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation (FAIR) and ASNF. Wolf f1335 began traveling separately from the Maverick Pack at the end of the month.
Tsay o Ah Pack - During March, the Tsay o Ah Pack was located on the FAIR.
Tse ighan lige Pack - M1249 has not been located for two months. This is probably due to a malfunctioning radio collar. On March 17, f1388 was located dead. The incident is still under investigation. On March 24 fp1389 was located dead in Arizona. This incident is also under investigation.
Hoodoo Pack - In March, M1290 was located throughout the month in the area northwest of Noble Mountain and west of Nutrioso in Arizona. The collar on wolf f1395 has not been functioning since February 11. Researchers have not obtained evidence that a second wolf is traveling with M1290 during the month.
Lone wolf M1161 - In March, M1161 was located in the east-central portion of the ASNF in Arizona and the western part of the Gila National Forest (GNF) in New Mexico. At the beginning of March, M1161 was confirmed in the killing of two livestock calves in New Mexico. This wolf then returned to Arizona where it remained throughout the month.
Lone wolf m1394 - In March, m1394 was located traveling with f1339 from the Bluestem Pack. Both wolves were located on the SCAR throughout March.
Canyon Creek Pack - During March, AM1252 and AF1246 have not been located for three consecutive months and are now considered fate unknown.
Coronado Pack - In March, researchers located AM1051 in south-central portion of the Gila Wilderness.
Dark Canyon Pack - Throughout March, researchers located this pack within its traditional territory in the west-central portion of the GNF.
Fox Mountain Pack - On March 13, mp1384 was removed to captivity for multiple depredations per a United States Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) removal order. In March researchers documented the Fox Mountain Pack within its traditional territory in the northwest portion of the GNF. During March the collar on AM1158 failed, but researchers have obtained photos from a trail camera indicating AM1158 is still alive and is traveling with mp1396.
Iron Creek Pack - In March, the Iron Creek Pack continued to utilize its territory in the northern portion of the Gila Wilderness and in the southern portion of the Gila National Forest.
Lava Pack - Throughout March, M1285 and F1295 were located together traveling in the northwest portion of the Gila Wilderness.
Luna Pack - In March, AM1155 and AF1115 of the Luna Pack remained in their traditional territory in the north-central portion of the GNF. In March, researchers ended the investigation of GPS clusters associated with the Luna Pack for the Winter 2015 predation study. Wolf m1337 has not been located for three months and is now considered fate unknown.
Mangas Pack - In March, M1296 traveled within the northern portion of the GNF in New Mexico and east of the Gila National Forest boundary.
Prieto Pack - Throughout March, the Prieto Pack was located within its traditional territory in the north-central portion of the GNF. The collar on AF1251 failed during the month of March.
San Mateo Pack - During March, researchers located AF903 traveling with M1345 within the traditional territory of the San Mateo Pack. The collar on fp1399 failed during the month of March.
Willow Springs Pack - Throughout March, researchers located the Willow Springs Pack in its traditional territory in the north central portion of the GNF.
Lone wolf M1284 - Throughout March, M1284 was located traveling the northern-central portion of the GNF.
Lone wolf M1338 - Throughout March, M1338 was located traveling in the central portion of the ASNF.
Lone wolf mp1350 - Throughout March, mp1350 has been located in the northern portion of the Gila Wilderness and the southern portion of the GNF in New Mexico.
: Mortalities and Depredation Incidents
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