by Mark MacAllister
Page 3 : Mortalities and Depredation Incidents
- During April, researchers located single wolf fp1292 dead in the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area (BRWRA). The cause of death is under investigation.
During April, researchers investigated eight livestock depredation incidents and one nuisance report in the BRWRA:
- On April 5, researchers received information from New Mexico Game and Fish Department (NMGFD) personnel regarding a report of two wolves near a home near Sand Flats in New Mexico. The reporting party was concerned that they may attack a domestic dog. Researchers responded and confirmed that wolves from the San Mateo Pack had been in the area.
- On April 6, Wildlife Services (WS) personnel investigated a dead cow and full-term unborn calf north of Luna, New Mexico. WS personnel determined the cause of death was wolf predation. The incident was assigned to M1158 and possibly one wolf from the Fox Mountain Pack, M1276 or F1212.
- On April 6, WS personnel investigated the remains of an adult cow in the vicinity of Freeman Mountain in New Mexico. The cause of death could not be determined.
- On April 21, WS personnel investigated a dead calf on Arizona State Trust lands north of Highway 60 near Vernon and confirmed it was killed by wolves. Researchers set up a trail camera on the carcass to attempt to identify the wolves responsible. A dog with a collar was photographed. No collared wolves were located in the area.
- On April 24, WS personnel investigated a dead calf near Antelope Tank north of Freeman Mountain on the Gila National Forest (GNF) and confirmed it as wolf depredation. The incident was assigned to an uncollared wolf. Researchers set up a diversionary food cache near the Fox Mountain den location.
- On April 25, WS personnel investigated two calf carcasses on Arizona State Trust lands north of Highway 60 near Vernon and confirmed that both calves were killed by one or more wolves. The carcasses were older and were located in the same vicinity as the calf carcass investigated on April 21. No collared wolves have been located in the vicinity of the carcasses. Both carcasses were considered as separate depredation events.
- On April 29, WS personnel investigated a calf carcass on Arizona State Trust lands north of Highway 60 near Vernon and confirmed the calf was killed by wolves. The incident was assigned to an uncollared wolf. The carcass was located in the same vicinity as the calf carcass investigated on April 21. Researchers initiated trapping operations in the area on April 30.
- On April 29, WS personnel investigated a dead calf north of Toriette Lakes in New Mexico. The cause of death was not related to wolf predation.
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