Two new established Mexican gray wolf packs in New Mexico

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Two new established Mexican gray wolf packs in New Mexico

Post by Koa » Wed Jul 25, 2012 11:23 am

2 new wolf packs established in NM
SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press
Updated 02:28 p.m., Saturday, July 14, 2012


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal wildlife managers have designated two more Mexican gray wolf packs in New Mexico, bringing the number of packs in the American Southwest to 14.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been trying to return the predators to their historic range in New Mexico and Arizona for more than a dozen years, but the program has been troubled by issues such as politics, illegal shootings and courtroom battles.
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This is great news and I hope these wolves can keep up the progress but they really need to be careful with this population and handle it accordingly.
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Re: Two new established Mexican gray wolf packs in New Mexic

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Two new established Mexican gray wolf packs in New Mexico

SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press
Updated 02:28 p.m., Saturday, July 14, 2012


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal wildlife managers have designated two more Mexican gray wolf packs in New Mexico, bringing the number of packs in the American Southwest to 14.
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been trying to return the predators to their historic range in New Mexico and Arizona for more than a dozen years, but the program has been troubled by issues such as politics, illegal shootings and courtroom battles.

The Mexican gray wolf, a subspecies of the gray wolf, once roamed parts of New Mexico, Arizona, Texas and Mexico. Hunting and government-sponsored extermination campaigns all but wiped out the predator. It was added to the federal endangered species list in 1976, and a captive-breeding program was started.

The first batch of wolves was released into the wild in May 1998, and currently at least 58 wolves remain in the wild in those two states. The most recent annual survey showed at least 18 pups among the packs at the beginning of the year.

Liz Jozwiak, the field coordinator for the Mexican gray wolf recovery program, said several packs are showing signs of denning behavior, which could mean a new batch of pups.

The possibility of pups coupled with the formation of the two new packs in June mark what Jozwiak called a "significant, positive step" for the population, which is scattered across millions of forested acres in southwestern New Mexico and southeastern Arizona.

"Just seeing that there is some natural disbursal and individuals are finding each other, forming packs and having the opportunity to breed is significant," she said. "I think that's going to really contribute to the overall recovery of the population."

But biologists have concerns about genetic diversity within the small population. Without new wolves, inbreeding can result in smaller litter sizes and greater pup mortality.

Last year, the recovery team observed 38 pups in the wild. Less than half survived through the end of the year.

This year, Jozwiak said the team is hoping for a higher survival rate.

"We're doing everything we can to monitor what the status is of each pack, whether they're breeding and how many pups they have," she said.

Michael Robinson of the Center for Biological Diversity, an environmental group that has criticized the management of the wolf program, argued that hope shouldn't be used as a hedge against Mexican gray wolf extinction.

While two new packs is good news, he said the federal government needs to release more captive wolves to bolster a population that has been kept in check by poaching, a lack of new releases and past instances of trappings and lethal removals triggered by run-ins with livestock.

Ranchers have been just as critical of the program, saying managers have not done enough to protect their livelihood.

One of the new packs, dubbed the Canyon Creek pack, is in the Beaverhead area northeast of the Gila Wilderness. In the past, Robinson said the area was the "epicenter of wolf-livestock conflict." The area is home to a sizeable elk herd.

The Elk Horn Pack is closer to Reserve, an area that hasn't had resident wolves.[/quote]
http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/2-ne ... 707011.php

This is great news and I hope these wolves can keep up the progress but they really need to be careful with this population and handle it accordingly.[/quote]
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Re: Two new established Mexican gray wolf packs in New Mexic

Post by Waxing_Moon » Mon Jul 30, 2012 10:08 pm

This amazing news! It always makes me so happy when I see news that wolves are doing better in the wild. I'm also glad that they are keeping such a close eye on the new packs. It gives me hope for all the other animals on the verge of extinction. :D

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Post by Edme1 » Sat Aug 04, 2012 6:14 pm

It's good that new wolf packs are being found and tracked. I hope to see more articles in the future about the growth of the wild wolf population. :)
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Re: Two new established Mexican gray wolf packs in New Mexic

Post by WolvesOfTheSeas » Sat Aug 04, 2012 6:16 pm

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Re: Two new established Mexican gray wolf packs in New Mexic

Post by Koa » Sat Aug 04, 2012 9:04 pm

Waxing_Moon wrote:This amazing news! It always makes me so happy when I see news that wolves are doing better in the wild. I'm also glad that they are keeping such a close eye on the new packs. It gives me hope for all the other animals on the verge of extinction. :D

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Edme1 wrote:It's good that new wolf packs are being found and tracked. I hope to see more articles in the future about the growth of the wild wolf population. :)
So long as the wolves don't keep dying (i.e. the one they just found dead) the population will remain for awhile. The problem is that the general/overall Mexican gray wolf population is very small, which then in turns means a lack of genetic diversity and can lead to issues with future generations of the wolves. The population has a lot against them right now, so it will be an ongoing battle for a long time.
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Re: Two new established Mexican gray wolf packs in New Mexic

Post by Cheyannfelts » Thu Dec 27, 2012 12:40 am

:lol: good news.... i love that heart calming down
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Re: Two new established Mexican gray wolf packs in New Mexic

Post by Koa » Sun Dec 30, 2012 9:39 pm

Cheyannfelts wrote::lol: good news.... i love that heart calming down
They're not out of the woods yet and won't be for a long time. They have a very difficult road ahead of them, and with politics on top of wolf deaths, it will be an immense challenge for the Mexican gray wolf population to even be able to make it within the next few years or so.
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