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Home > Mexican Wolves > About The Project > Mexican Wolf Monthly Report: July 2014

Mexican Wolf Monthly Report: July 2014

by Mark MacAllister

Page 2 : Pack Summaries

Arizona
Bluestem Pack - During July, the Bluestem Pack continued to use its traditional territory in the central portion of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest (ASNF). The Bluestem Pack continues to exhibit denning behavior during the month of July. On July 20, Wildlife Services investigated two injured horses near the 26 Road in Arizona. The investigation determined that the horses were attacked and injured by wolves. GPS locations from AF1042ís collar indicated that Bluestem was in the area where the two horses were injured the night of the attack. Wolf f1332 has been located separate from the rest of the Bluestem Pack during the month of July.

Elk Horn Pack - In July, the Elk Horn Pack exhibited denning behavior within its traditional territory in the northeast portion of the ASNF in Arizona. Researchers documented AM1287 with F1294 with the use of a trail camera this month. One pup has been documented with the Elk Horn Pack.

Rim Pack - In July, the Rim Pack was located in the south-central portion of the ASNF. The Rim Pack has moved periodically from one location to another during July, and maybe using rendezvous sites. Researchers have documented one pup with the Rim Pack.

Hawks Nest Pack - During July, the Hawks Nest Pack was located within its traditional territory in the north central portion of the ASNF. The Hawks Nest Pack continues to exhibit denning behavior. The collar on AM1038 has started working again and researchers have documented the wolf near the suspected den site during July. At the end of July researchers documented one or two pups howling with the adults in the Hawks Nest Pack.

Maverick Pack - During July, the Maverick Pack was located within its traditional territory both on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation (FAIR) and the central portion of the ASNF. The Maverick Pack continues to display denning behavior.

Tsay o Ah Pack - Throughout July, the Tsay o Ah Pack was located on the FAIR. Researchers continue to document denning behavior in this Pack.

Hoodoo Pack - M1290 was located on the FAIR throughout the month of July.

Lone wolf M1249 - M1249 was located on the FAIR throughout the month of July.

New Mexico
Dark Canyon Pack - Throughout July, researchers located this pack within its traditional territory in the west-central portion of the Gila National Forest (GNF). The Dark Canyon Pack continued to display denning behavior during the month of July. In May two pups from the Coronado Pack were cross-fostered into the Dark Canyon Pack. Three existing pups were documented in the den at that time. A food cache was established to help the Dark Canyon Pack care for the extra pups. In July researchers documented that five pups were utilizing the food cache, indicating that the cross-fostering operation was successful.

Fox Mountain Pack - During July, researchers documented these wolves within the northwest portion of the GNF. The Fox Mountain Pack continues to display denning behavior. A food cache was established by researchers to deter the pack from depredating on livestock, and no depredations have resulted since the food cache has been established. Researchers have obtained pictures of four pups utilizing the food cache.

Lava Pack - Since the Lava Pack was translocated and released at Gila Flats in New Mexico, the pair has remained separated. Wolf F1295 has remained in the Gila Wilderness, and M1282 traveled north and was first located near the Mal Pais in New Mexico. M1282 then moved south and has been located with the San Mateo Pack (M1282ís natal pack) during July.

Luna Pack - In July, researchers located the alpha pair within its traditional territory in the north-central portion of the GNF. The Luna Pack continues to display denning behavior.

San Mateo Pack - In July, researchers located AM1157 and AF903 in the packís traditional territory in the northern portion of the GNF. After the release of the Lava Pack, M1282 traveled north to the Mal Pais in New Mexico and then moved south and has been located with the San Mateo Pack during July. The San Mateo Pack has moved this month to a suspected rendezvous site. On July 1, researchers searched the area where San Mateo has denned and found adult wolf tracks as well as puppy tracks. The San Mateo Pack continues to demonstrate denning behavior in its new location.

Willow Springs Pack - In July, the Willow Springs Pack used its traditional territory in the north-central portion of the GNF. On July 29 researchers received a report from a member of the public that there were four pups observed in the vicinity of where the Willow Springs Pack has localized this year for denning season. The Willow Springs Pack continues to display denning behavior.

Canyon Creek Pack - During July, researchers located these wolves within their traditional territory in the central portion of the GNF. Researchers have documented denning behavior in this pack during this month.

Prieto Pack - In July, researchers located this wolf within its traditional territory in the north-central portion of the GNF. Researchers documented denning behavior this year with this pack. A food cache has been established to prevent livestock depredations by the Prieto Pack. Both adult wolves associated with the Prieto pack have been documented using this food cache. On July 20, Wildlife Services investigated a report of two injured horses near Rainy Mesa in New Mexico. It was determined that the injuries to the horses were caused by wolves. Researchers determined the Prieto Pack was responsible for the injuries.

Mangas Pack - In July, the Mangas Pack utilized the area in the northeastern portion of the GNF. Researchers have documented denning behavior in this pack. A supplemental food cache was started to help AM1296 feed any pups associated with the Mangas Pack. During July researchers documented AM1296 utilizing the food cache. Researchers have not documented any pups associated with AM1296.

Iron Creek Pack - In July, the Iron Creek Pack utilized its territory in the northern portion of the Gila Wilderness and the southern portion of the Gila National Forest. The pack has displayed denning behavior and continues to be localized near a den or rendezvous site.

Coronado Pack - On July 22, the Coronado Pack was transported to the Gila Wilderness where they were placed in a mesh pen near McKenna Park. On July 24, the Coronado Pack chewed their way out of the mesh pen and this pack has remained localized in the area of the release site. A food cache has been set up to localize the pack in the release area as well as assist help the wolves with successfully becoming established in the wild.

Lone wolf M1254 - In July, M1254 moved through the eastern portion in the GNF of New Mexico, including the northern portion of the Gila Wilderness.

Lone wolf M1284 - In July, M1284 made wide dispersal movements in the GNF of New Mexico.

Lone wolf M1285 - In July, M1285 made wide dispersal movements in the GNF of New Mexico, including the Gila Wilderness Area.

Lone wolf M1286 - In July, M1286 made wide dispersal movements in the GNF.

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