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Wolf population counts

Post by CLBaileyi » Mon Jan 14, 2008 6:04 am

Just to give everyone a heads up that both the Yellowstone NP wolf team and the Mexican wolf team are conducting their population estimates over the next week or so. Look here for the numbers when they announce them in early February.
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Re: Wolf population counts

Post by Blindseer » Sat Feb 02, 2008 12:50 pm

will the results be out sometime this week?
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Re: Wolf population counts

Post by CLBaileyi » Sun Feb 03, 2008 12:06 pm

I am waiting to hear the results. Nothing "official" has arrived in my email to date, but both the Mexican wolf and Yellowstone numbers should be here within the week. Thanks for the interest.
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Post by Wolfie10 » Tue Feb 05, 2008 3:06 pm

cool,cant wait!

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Re: Wolf population counts

Post by Spree » Wed Feb 06, 2008 5:38 pm

I hope the counts are good!
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Post by Rinith » Thu Feb 07, 2008 10:54 pm

If there way to high that could cause problems *hopes for a good number*
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Re: Wolf population counts

Post by CLBaileyi » Sun Feb 10, 2008 11:31 am

Here are the numbers from the recent field population survey for the Mexican wolf population in AZ/NM. The numbers are down from last year which is not surprising to anyone who follows this reintroduction project.
MEXICAN WOLF POPULATION SURVEY COMPLETE


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There are 52 Mexican wolves that have been counted in the wild at the end of 2007, according to the annual survey conducted by the Interagency Field Team for wolf reintroduction. Surveys are completed in January of each year. Pups born in the summer must survive to December 31 before they are counted into the total Mexican wolf population. There are 29 wolves in Arizona and 23 wolves in New Mexico.

The reintroduction of the Mexican wolf is a cooperative, multi-agency
effort between U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Arizona Game and Fish Department, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, White Mountain Apache Tribe, USDA Forest Service and USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service - Wildlife Services. The agencies have established the Adaptive Management Oversight Committee (AMOC) that jointly manage the wolf reintroduction program in New Mexico and Arizona.

Fixed-wing aircraft were used to locate packs whose members are wearing radio collars. A helicopter was then used to count uncollared wolves that are associated with collared wolves in any particular packs. If a wolf needed capturing, the helicopter crew used net guns or immobilizing drugs delivered via darts. Ten wolves were captured during the census and physically examined and inoculated. Ground crews, including a veterinarian, examined the wolves and administered the following vaccines: rabies; parvovirus, parainfluenza, canine distemper, coronavirus, adenovirus type 2, and Leptospira. These vaccinations help to protect both human and domestic animals, in the recovery area, from serious contagious diseases.

The numbers are down from last year's number of 59 Mexican wolves. Altogether, 22 wolves were removed from the wild in 2007 compared to 18 the previous year; 19 for depredating livestock (this includes their seven dependent pups), two for dispersing outside the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area and one for nuisance behavior. The alpha pair of the Durango Pack, along with a pup that would have been included in the count, went missing in November. Their disappearance is under investigation.

"Under the existing AMOC Standard Operation Procedures, we have to remove wolves that have three or more depredation incidents within a 12-month period," said Benjamin Tuggle, PhD, Regional Director for the US Fish and Wildlife Service. "The number of wolves we had to remove this past year - based on current protocols - demonstrates the need for an interdiction program that addresses the issue of depredating wolves, provides economic compensation for financial losses, and thereby allows wolves to remain on
the landscape."

The fact that there were no initial releases of wolves in 2007 also
affected the survey data. Although there were no new releases during the past year, there were some translocations of wolves. The number of new, or re-formed, pairs is five. One of the translocations of a female resulted in a new pair bond for the Hawks Nest pack. Three pairs formed naturally during the year and have been named Elk Mountain pack, Fox Mountain pack and Dark Canyon pack.

The number of official breeding pairs in the wild is four. When the number of breeding pairs is less than six, the Service does not issue permits to livestock owners for more aggressive management actions on public lands under certain conditions. Ranchers can always defend their livestock on their private land from attacking wolves.

The Service has initiated a public process to revise its rule that governs the Mexican wolf reintroduction project and will be analyzing alternatives to refine and improve reintroduction.

"With the revision of the project's governing rule that is underway, we fully expect that there will be fruitful changes made that improve the wolf reintroduction program, and will ultimately lead to greater numbers of wolves in the wild," said Tuggle.

In addition, the AMOC has been reviewing and clarifying its operating
procedures to strengthen wolf reintroduction efforts. The standard
procedures describe how management actions are implemented. Standard operating procedures are collaboratively developed and can be modified by the AMOC. The governing rule regulating wolf reintroduction is subject to federal rulemaking procedures.

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Re: Wolf population counts

Post by CLBaileyi » Mon Feb 11, 2008 11:11 am

Here are the numbers from one of the wolf biologists in Yellowstone. To date, it appears that the largest pack is 22 strong. Pups will be on the ground sooner than you think.
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Re: Wolf population counts

Post by Rinith » Sun Mar 02, 2008 2:03 am

I wonder if there is a way to check to see if any of them are near salmon runs, such places have a much higher offspring survival rate for the animals that can catch and eat them, including wolves, some times doubling how many pups survive
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