Mexican Wolf Monthly Report: May 2013
by Mark MacAllister
: Pack Summaries
Bluestem Pack - Throughout May, researchers located these wolves in their traditional territory in the east-central portion of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest (ASNF). The pack has remained close to its den site. Researchers confirmed that AF1042 produced three to five pups. Bluestem m1277 has left the pack, and researchers have located it near the Lure and San Mateo Mountains in New Mexico.
Elk Horn Pack - In May, researchers located these wolves traveling in the northeast portion of the ASNF in Arizona, with occasional forays into the Gila National Forest (GNF) in New Mexico.
Rim Pack - Throughout May, researchers located M1107 utilizing the south-central portion of the ASNF and the San Carlos Apache Reservation (SCAR). Volunteers observed M1107 visiting the Coronado Pack acclimation pen with an uncollared wolf. Researchers initiated trapping in an attempt to capture and collar the uncollared wolf, but have been unsuccessful to date.
Paradise Pack - In May, researchers located AM795 and AF1056 using their traditional territory in the northern portion of the ASNF and the Fort Apache Indian Reservation (FAIR).
Maverick Pack - During May, researchers located m1290 and f1291 on and off the FAIR in the area of the west-central portion of the ASNF. Researchers did not locate AM1183 in May. It is likely that its telemetry collar has ceased working, and thus is not included in the individual summary above.
Tsay o Ah Pack - During May, researchers located AM1253 and f1283 on the FAIR. Researchers have not located M1254 since late January. Researchers now consider this wolf to be fate unknown.
Coronado Pack - On May 22, researchers confirmed M1051 and F1126 had no pups in their acclimation pen, and now suspect the litter has died. During May, volunteers observed Rim M1107 and an uncollared wolf near the pen. Researchers initiated trapping efforts to capture and collar the uncollared wolf traveling with M1107.
Dark Canyon Pack - Throughout May, researchers located this pack within its traditional territory in the west-central portion of the GNF. In April, researchers documented f1278 traveling away from the pack with single wolf M1244. Researchers have documented denning behavior and suspect that Dark Canyon is caring for pups born in April.
Fox Mountain Pack - During May, researchers documented these wolves in the northwest portion of the GNF. Researchers have documented denning behavior with this pack, and a food cache has been maintained to help alleviate any depredation issues.
Luna Pack - In May, researchers located these wolves in the north-central portion of the GNF. Researchers confirmed that AF1115 is denning and is caring for four to six pups.
Middle Fork Pack - Researchers did not locate these wolves during May. The telemetry collars for these two animals are most likely no longer functioning. Researchers continued with ground efforts to locate these wolves; however, they did not document any wolf sign in this pack's traditional territory. The pack was not located in May, and researchers now consider these wolves to be fate unknown, thus they are not included in the summary totals above.
San Mateo Pack - In May, most of these wolves continued to use their traditional territory in the northern portion of the GNF. No denning behavior has been documented in this pack this year. Researchers have not received a recent telemetry signal from AM1157. It is likely that its telemetry collar has ceased working, and thus is not included in the individual summary above.
Willow Springs Pack - Throughout May, researchers located these wolves in the north-central portion of the GNF. Researchers documented denning behavior with this pack this month, and has confirmed this pack is caring for at least five pups.
Canyon Creek Pack - In May, these wolves were located traveling together in the central portion of the GNF.
Half Moon Pack - On May 4, M1133 and F1108 chewed out of their holding pen in the Gila Wilderness. Shortly after this release, M1133 traveled to Monticello, New Mexico, where it was captured on May 11 and returned to captivity. F1108 has localized near the translocation site. Researchers believe it whelped pups and is currently caring for them. Researchers are maintaining a food cache nearby, and F1108 has been documented visiting the cache area.
Prieto Pack - Throughout May, researchers located this wolf in the north-central portion of the GNF. Researchers have documented denning behavior from this pack. Researchers have observed an uncollared wolf on a trail camera with F1251. Researchers are maintaining a food cache near the suspected den site to alleviate potential depredation issues.
Lone wolf m1243 - Throughout May, researchers were not able to locate this wolf.
Lone wolf m1244 - Throughout May, researchers located this wolf traveling in the central portion of the GNF, north of the Gila Wilderness. Researchers located M1244 with the Dark Canyon Pack f1278 throughout May.
Lone wolf M1240 - Researchers documented this animal primarily in the central portion of the GNF throughout May.
Lone wolf M1296 - On May 20, researchers heard a telemetry signal from this wolf west of Indian Peaks in the GNF. Researchers have not located this wolf since.
: Mortalities and Depredation Incidents
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