Mexican Wolf Monthly Report: December 2013
by Mark MacAllister
: Pack Summaries
Bluestem Pack - In December, the Bluestem Pack, except f1280, continued to use their traditional territory in the central portion of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest (ASNF). On December 11, researchers were able to obtain photos from a trail camera indicating AM1038, a member of the former Hawks Nest Pack, and f1280 are traveling together.
Elk Horn Pack - In December, researchers located this pack traveling in the northeast portion of the ASNF in Arizona. Researchers documented two collared wolves traveling together in December.
Rim Pack - Throughout December, researchers located AM1107 and f1305 using the south-central portion of the ASNF. Researchers have only documented the two collared wolves traveling together.
Paradise Pack - During December, 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 & Wildlife Service (USFWS) removal order for AF1056 issued in September has been extended to February 4, 2014. Researchers will continue attempts to capture AF1056 for removal for the duration of the removal order.
Maverick Pack - In December, the Maverick Pack left the Fort Apache Indian Reservation (FAIR) and has been traveling in the south central portion of ASNF. On December 30, f1335 was located separate from the Maverick Pack near the Black River south of PS Knoll.
Tsay o Ah Pack - During December, researchers located AM1253 on the FAIR. Wolf f1283 was located separate from AM1253 on the FAIR this month.
Dark Canyon Pack - Throughout December, researchers located this pack within its traditional territory in the west-central portion of the Gila National Forest (GNF). Researchers documented five sets of tracks with the Dark Canyon Pack in December. On December 22, three wolves from the Dark Canyon Pack were observed on photos taken from a trail camera. On December 25, two wolves from the Dark Canyon Pack were observed on trail camera.
Fox Mountain Pack - During December, 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. Researchers obtained a visual of 4 wolves from the Fox Mountain Pack on December 22. On December 26 researchers obtained another visual on two wolves from the Fox Mountain Pack.
Luna Pack - In December, researchers located these wolves in the north-central portion of the GNF. Researchers located m1284, m1285 and m1286 separate from the two alpha wolves periodically throughout December. On December 28, researchers received a report from a private trapper in New Mexico stating that the trapper had caught a wolf. Researchers responded to the area and processed, collared and designated the wolf m1337. The wolf is assumed to be a member of the Luna Pack, since it was located within their territory.
San Mateo Pack - In December, researchers located the San Mateo Pack in its traditional territory in the northern portion of the GNF. Dispersing wolf M1249 continues to be located with AF1056 of the Paradise Pack. In December, m1282 has been located traveling outside of the San Mateo Pack territory, and researchers located f1327 with single wolf M1296. The Fox Mountain Pack traveled into the San Mateo Pack territory periodically in December.
Willow Springs Pack - Throughout December, researchers located these wolves in the north-central portion of the GNF. mp1329 was located separate from the Willow Springs Pack in December. Researchers documented tracks indicating the presence of uncollared wolves traveling with Willow Springs Pack.
Canyon Creek Pack - In December, researchers located these wolves traveling together in the central portion of the GNF. Researchers documented two wolves in this pack during December.
Prieto Pack - Throughout December, researchers located this wolf in the north-central portion of the GNF. Researchers documented two sets of tracks associated with the Prieto Pack in December.
Lone wolf M1244 - In December, 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 traveling extensively throughout the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area (BRWRA).
Lone wolf f1295 - During December, researchers did not locate f1295.
Lone wolf M1296 - In December, researchers located this wolf traveling in the northeastern portion of the GNF and outside the BRWRA. In late-December, M1296 was located with f1327 from the San Mateo Pack.
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