Mexican Wolf Monthly Report: November 2013
by Mark MacAllister
: Pack Summaries
Bluestem Pack - In November, the Bluestem Pack, except f1280 and fp1332, continued to use its traditional territory in the central portion of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest (ASNF). Wolf fp1332 traveled separately from the Bluestem Pack, but stayed within the pack's traditional territory. On November 20, researchers observed f1280 traveling with another wolf separate from the pack. On November 26, researchers found tracks from f1280 and M1038 of the Hawks Nest Pack traveling together near Rudd Creek. On November 15, WS investigated a dead cow near Forest Road 581 south of Rogers Reservoir. They confirmed wolves killed the cow, and assigned the depredation to AF1042 and m1275 of the Bluestem Pack.
Elk Horn Pack - In November, researchers located this pack traveling in the northeast portion of the ASNF in Arizona. Researchers have documented two collared wolves traveling together in the Elk Horn Pack this month.
Rim Pack - Throughout November, researchers located AM1107 and f1305 using the south-central portion of the ASNF and the San Carlos Apache Reservation (SCAR). Researchers have only documented the two collared wolves traveling together in November.
Paradise Pack - During November, AF1056 and M1249, a dispersing wolf from the San Mateo Pack, continued to travel together in the Paradise Pack territory in the northern portion of the ASNF. A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Srvice (USFWS) removal order for AF1056 issued in September has been extended to February 4, 2014. Researchers will continue attempts to capture AF1056 for removal during the next few months.
Maverick Pack - In November, the Maverick Pack traveled in the west-central portion of the ASNF and the Fort Apache Indian Reservation (FAIR).
Tsay o Ah Pack - During November, researchers located AM1253 and f1283 on the FAIR.
Dark Canyon Pack - Throughout November, researchers located this pack within its traditional territory in the west-central portion of the Gila National Forest (GNF). On November 20, researchers captured AF923 with the aid of a helicopter. The wolf was recollared and released onsite. Researchers observed no uncollared wolves in the Dark Canyon Pack when they captured AF923. Researchers located f1278 separate from other members of the Dark Canyon Pack. Wolf f1278 has been traveling with M1244, but the pair was located separate from each other early in the month.
Fox Mountain Pack - During November, researchers documented these wolves traveling in the northwest portion of the GNF and moving into San Mateo territory in the northeast portion of the GNF. On November 21, researchers captured m1274 with the aid of a helicopter and removed the wolf to fulfill the intent of the permanent removal order issued by the USFWS. Researchers moved the wolf to a captive facility in New Mexico. Researchers have documented eight individuals traveling with the Fox Mountain Pack this month.
Luna Pack - In November, researchers located these wolves in the north-central portion of the GNF. Researchers located m1285 and 1286 separate from the rest of the Luna Pack this month. Researchers documented at least five individuals with the Luna Pack in November.
San Mateo Pack - In November, researchers located the San Mateo Pack in its traditional territory in the northern portion of the GNF. On November 21, researchers captured AM1157 and AF903 with the aid of a helicopter. The wolves were recollared and released onsite. Researchers have documented the Fox Mountain Pack traveling in San Mateo Pack territory and interacting with the pack. Researchers have documented members of the San Mateo Pack together and separate in November due to these interactions. M1249 has left the San Mateo Pack and continues to travel with Paradise female AF1056.
Willow Springs Pack - Researchers located these wolves in the north-central portion of the GNF. Throughout November, researchers located mp1329 separate from the Willow Springs Pack. Researchers documented four sets of tracks from the Willow Springs Pack indicating the presence of three pups.
Canyon Creek Pack - In November, researchers located these wolves traveling together in the central portion of the GNF.
Prieto Pack - Throughout November, researchers located this wolf in the north-central portion of the GNF. They did not observe any uncollared wolves with F1251 during the helicopter operation on November 20, but did document an uncollared wolf with F1251 on November 27.
Lone wolf M1244 - For most of November, researchers located this wolf traveling with Dark Canyon wolf f1278 in the central portion of the GNF, north of the Gila Wilderness.
Lone wolf M1240 - Researchers documented this wolf primarily in the central portion of the GNF throughout November. On November 20, with the aid of a helicopter, researchers captured and recollared M1240, releasing it onsite.
Lone wolf M1277 - Researchers documented this wolf traveling in the northeast portion of the GNF and outside of the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area (BRWRA) boundary during November.
Lone wolf f1281 - Researchers did not locate f1281 during November. This wolf is now fate unknown and is not counted in the monthly collared population summary above.
Lone wolf f1295 - During November, researchers located this wolf in the northern portion of the GNF and outside the BRWRA boundary.
Lone wolf M1296 - In November, researchers located this wolf traveling both outside of the BRWRA and in the northeastern portion of the GNF.
: Mortalities and Depredation Incidents
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