Mexican Wolf End-of-Year Count Begins
by Mark MacAllister
January 20, 2009
The Mexican Wolf Interagency Field Team (IFT) is in the midst of the annual End-of-Year Count, in which helicopter flights and on-the-ground efforts are used within a one-week period to confirm how many wolves are present throughout the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area and where they are. To focus the count, the IFT relies heavily on its previous weekly monitoring flights, ground surveys, and (especially for uncollared or undocumented wolves) information provided by ranchers and other local sources.
During the count, wolves are sometimes captured to replace non-functional radiocollars or to place new radiocollars on wolves that lack such devices. Captured wolves are sometimes translocated immediately to another location; typically this entails moving an adult male or female to an area already occupied by an unmated wolf. These translocations, and others that have occurred or will occur throughout the spring, are conducted in accordance with all project rules.
The results for the 2008 End-of-Year Count will be made public no later than February 7, 2009.
About the author:
Mark MacAllister is the Project Coordinator for Field
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