Mexican Wolf Monthly Report: October 2013
by Mark MacAllister
: Pack Summaries
Bluestem Pack - In October, the Bluestem Pack continued to use its traditional territory in the central portion of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest (ASNF). Researchers observed several members of the Bluestem Pack in late October. From the information researchers have collected in recent months, they estimate the Bluestem Pack numbers at least ten wolves.
Elk Horn Pack - In October, researchers located this pack traveling in the northeast portion of the ASNF in Arizona.
Rim Pack - Throughout October, researchers located AM1107 and f1305 using the south-central portion of the ASNF and the San Carlos Apache Reservation (SCAR).
Paradise Pack - Researchers located AM795 and AF1056 traveling separately in October. M1249 from the San Mateo Pack has replaced AM795 and has been located with AF1056 throughout October. On October 22, researchers captured AM795 with the aid of a helicopter and removed the wolf to a captive facility in New Mexico. It was captured per a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) removal order for depredating four calves in 70 days. Researchers attempted to capture AF1056 on October 23, but were unsuccessful. The same day, researchers captured M1249 and affixed a new GPS collar on the wolf, then released it on site. AF1056 and M1249 continue to travel within the traditional Paradise Pack territory in the northern portion of the ASNF.
Maverick Pack - In October, researchers set traps to collar wolves in the Maverick Pack. On October 12, they captured a female wolf, affixed a telemetry collar, designated it f1335, and released it on site. On October 23, researchers using a helicopter captured a male pup with the pack. The wolf was designated mp1336 and released on site. During helicopter operations in October, researchers were able to count seven wolves in the Maverick Pack. Throughout the month, the Maverick Pack has traveled in the west-central portion of the ASNF and the Fort Apache Indian Reservation (FAIR).
Tsay o Ah Pack - During October, researchers located AM1253 and f1283 on the FAIR.
Dark Canyon Pack - Throughout October, researchers located this pack within its traditional territory in the west-central portion of the Gila National Forest (GNF). Researchers consistently found f1278 separate from the Dark Canyon Pack, traveling with M1244 throughout the month.
Fox Mountain Pack - During October, researchers documented these wolves in the northwest portion of the GNF, occasionally roaming outside of their traditional territory. Researchers continue to trap for an uncollared male wolf in the Fox Mountain Pack to fulfill the intent of the permanent removal order issued by the USFWS.
Luna Pack - In October, researchers located these wolves in the north-central portion of the GNF. On October 15, researchers found the three juvenile males separate from the rest of the pack. At the end of the month, m1284 was back with the alpha wolves in this pack. Juveniles m1285 and m1286 were located separate from the pack at the end of October.
San Mateo Pack - In October, the San Mateo Pack was in its traditional territory in the northern portion of the GNF. Researchers are attempting to trap and replace failing collars on AM1157 and AF903. M1249 was located in Arizona at the beginning of October. M1249 has replaced AM795 of the Paradise Pack and has been traveling with Paradise female AF1056. f1327 has been located traveling with the San Mateo Pack in October.
Willow Springs Pack - In October, researchers located these wolves in the north-central portion of the GNF. Throughout October, researchers located mp1329 separate from the Willow Springs Pack. On October 27, mp1329 and another uncollared wolf were seen together on trail camera at a food cache.
Canyon Creek Pack - In October, these wolves were located traveling together in the central portion of the GNF.
Prieto Pack - Throughout October, researchers located this wolf in the north-central portion of the GNF. An uncollared wolf is still being documented with F1251 on trail cameras. Researchers are maintaining a food cache for the wolves to alleviate potential depredation issues.
Lone wolf M1244 - Throughout October, 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 October.
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 October.
Lone wolf f1281 - Researchers did not locate f1281 during October, but will continue searching for it in November.
Lone wolf f1295 - During October, researchers located this wolf traveling alone in the western portion of the GNF.
Lone wolf M1296 - In October, researchers located this wolf traveling outside the BRWRA boundary and in the northeastern portion of the GNF.
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