A tally for survival: Annual Mexican wolf count takes stock | Apache County | wmicentral.com

The darting and capture of AM1249 was part of the annual census of the wild Mexican gray wolf populations in Arizona and New Mexico. Members of the Interagency Mexican Wolf Field Team representing five agencies — the U.S. Forest Service, USFWS, U.S. Department of Agriculture-Wildlife Services, Arizona Game and Fish and the White Mountain Apache Tribe — come together along with an attending veterinarian and flight crews to get an accurate estimate of how many wolves have survived the past year in the approximately 20 packs that live in the two states.

Source: A tally for survival: Annual Mexican wolf count takes stock | Apache County | wmicentral.com

Flights planned over Arizona, New Mexico for wolf survey | Albuquerque Journal

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Biologists plan daily flights over forested areas of eastern Arizona and western New Mexico in late January and early February to conduct an annual survey of the region’s population of endangered Mexican gray wolves.Federal and state agencies say the flights may be visible to residents of Reserve, New Mexico, and the Arizona communities of Alpine and Springerville.Biologists conduct the survey as part of a multi-agency effort to reintroduce wolves into their traditional habitat.

Source: Flights planned over Arizona, New Mexico for wolf survey | Albuquerque Journal

Wolf pup introduced into foster pack in 2014 gives birth to wild-born young

PHOENIX — Biologists with the Mexican Wolf Interagency Field Team (IFT) recently learned a fostered wolf pup introduced to a pack in 2014 has produced a wild offspring of her own.In a critical breakthrough in Mexican wolf management, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently reported that a genetic test of male 1561 revealed that it is the offspring of male 1293 and female 1346. The female was one of two pups fostered into the den of the Dark Canyon Pack in New Mexico in 2014.

Source: Wolf pup introduced into foster pack in 2014 gives birth to wild-born young

June 2016 News

Mountain Town News: Will wolves ever yip & growl in Colorado?
June 25, 2016 (Summit Daily)

California grey wolf report with photo of new resident lone wolf
June 23, 2016 (Daily Kos)

Another apparent wolf sighting in California brings delight, fear
June 23, 2016 (San Francisco Chronicle)

Wolf OR-33 visits Ashland, attacks livestock, skips town
June 22, 2016 (Statesmen Journal)

Court Asked to Stop US Fish & Wildlife Service from Capturing, Killing Wild Red Wolves
June 21, 2016 (Animal Welfare Institute)

Wolf pup from beleaguered Bow Valley pack struck and killed by train
June 21, 2016 (Calgary Herald)

End of an Era for Iconic Denali Wolf Pack?; by Christina Eisenberg
June 21, 2016 (Huff Post Blog)

Walker Calls For Resuming Wolf Hunting In Wisconsin
June 20, 2016 (Wisconsin Public Radio)

Wolf hunting limits increased for the region; province on the lookout for squatters
June 19, 2016 (The Boundary Sentinel)

Will science find a way to save Earth’s top predators?
June 17, 2016 (Science Blog)

Pacific Rim National Park issues wolf advisory between Tofino and Ucluelet
June 16, 2016 (Westerly News)

State wolf population at record high
June 16, 2016 (Daily Citizen)

DNR Hosts Wolf Population Meeting
June 16, 2016 (WIFC)

Despite all the warnings, Banff visitors are feeding bears and wolves at an increasing rate
June 16, 2016 (Calgary Sun)

Limits on wolf hunting removed in large areas of Thompson region
June 16, 2016 (CBC News)

New wolf pack reported near Sherman Pass
June 16, 2016 (KIRO7)

Of wolves, deer, maples and wildflowers
June 16, 2016 (Great Lakes Echo)

Cornered Mexican wolf management to appease livestock producers may run out the clock on recovery
June 15, 2016 (Santa Fe Reporter)

New wolf pack confirmed in Washington brings total to 19
June 15, 2016 (The Spokesman)

Wildlife staff working ’24/7′ to deter wolves from busy areas in Banff
June 14, 2016 (Calgary Herald)

Despite federal ruling, wolf pups to stay in New Mexico
June 14, 2016 (stltoday)

Banff’s wolf strategy changing gears in national park
June 14, 2016 (CBC NEWS)

Brown bear, wolf and lynx populations increasing across Europe
June 13, 2016 (myinforms)

Judge bars feds from releasing more Mexican gray wolves in wild
June 10, 2016 (Santa Fe/New Mexican)

Taking on the Wolf Killers: Wildlife Services Challenged;by George Wuerthner
June 10, 2016 (Counter Punch)

World’s largest litter of red wolves so far this year born at Chehaw
June 8, 2016

Wolf euthanized in Banff National Park after ‘extremely bold’ behaviour
June 7, 2016 (CBC News)

WDFW’s new policy on shooting wolves gives field staff key role
June 6, 2016 (Capitol Press)

Wyoming Wolf Expert Retires – But Will Not Be Replaced
June 6, 2016 (K2Radio)

Wolf expert says food access could prove lethal for Bow Valley pack
June 3, 2016 (CBC NEWS)

Banff wolf pack watch continues
June 3, 2016 (Calgary Sun)

DNR to release latest wolf population estimates this month
June 3, 2016 (Channel 3000)

‘Aggressive’ Banff wolves advance on Tunnel Mountain campers, steal loaf of bread
June 2, 2016 (Calgary Sun)

Wolf warning issued for Bow Valley
June 2, 2016 (CBC NEWS)

Debate rages over wolf bounties
June 2, (Rocky Mountain Outlook)

New pups in the pack
June 1, 2016 (Timberjay)

Sweden’s wild wolf numbers going down
June 1, 2016 (The Local Se)

Wolf-killed livestock confirmed in Stevens County
June 1, 2016 (The Spokesman-Review)

Application seeking temporary halt of wolf releases moved to federal district court

Mexican Gray Wolves in the Gila National Forest.

Courtesy: New Mexico Game & Fish
Application seeking temporary halt of wolf releases moved to federal district court

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, MAY 17, 2016:

Application seeking temporary halt of wolf releases moved to federal district court

LAS CRUCES – In an effort to thwart the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) removed the department’s application to temporarily halt future Mexican wolf releases into New Mexico from state to federal court late Friday. The department’s application alleges the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) ignored state and federal laws last month by importing and releasing two Mexican wolves without first obtaining required state permits.

Under New Mexico law, the importation and release of non-domesticated animals requires a permit from the department and federal law instructs the USFWS to consult with the states and obtain necessary permits before releasing wildlife.

“Although we anticipated this move,” said Department Director Alexandra Sandoval, “we believe recent actions by the USFWS violate state and federal law. A review of the state law violations certainly belongs in state court. Regardless of venue, we are committed to pursuing this matter.”

The department originally filed the application in the state’s 7th Judicial District Court. It has since been moved to the U.S. District Court in Las Cruces.

The fight and politics for saving Mexican Gray Wolves

Courtesy of The Southwest Environmental Center

Commentary:  The Southwest Environmental Center blasted the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF) for trying to block releases of endangered Mexican wolves into the state. NMDGF announced today that it was seeking a temporary restraining order to prevent the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) from releasing more wolves.

“We fully support federal officials for doing what is needed and legally required under federal law to recover the highly endangered Mexican wolf, despite the regrettable attempts by New Mexico to put roadblocks in their way for purely political reasons,” said Kevin Bixby, executive director of the Southwest Environmental Center. “It seems pretty clear that NMDGF’s actions are a delaying tactic, and that state officials are trying to run out the clock on Mexican wolf recovery.”

Bixby noted that New Mexico officials under Governor Susana Martinez’ administration have consistently opposed Mexican wolf recovery. The state withdrew from participating as a partner in the recovery program in 2011 shortly after Martinez was elected. NMDGF and the NM Game Commission—whose seven members were appointed by Martinez—then abruptly denied permits that had routinely been issued in the past to FWS and Ted Turner’s Ladder Ranch to import and release wolves in the state.

More recently, Martinez joined neighboring states’ governors in sending a letter to federal officials stating their opposition to allowing Mexican wolves to expand into areas that biologists say are essential to their recovery.

Bixby also noted that Mexican wolves are protected as a state endangered species under the New Mexico Wildlife Conservation Act (WCA). “Rather than wasting tax dollars trying to prevent federal officials from doing the right thing, NMDGF should do its job and get busy helping to restore wolves, as it is required to do under state law,” he said. The WCA requires that NMDGF develop recovery plans for species listed as threatened or endangered under the act, something the department has never done for Mexican wolves.

Biologists say that releases of more wolves into the wild from the captive population is the only way to reverse a decline in the genetic health of the wild Mexican wolf population. They say releases are urgently needed to restore genetic variation and prevent Mexican wolves from going extinct in the wild. The window for making these releases to carry out a “genetic rescue” of Mexican wolves is limited. The FWS recently placed two captive-born wolf pups, selected for their genetic makeup, with a wild litter in the Gila National Forest in a process known as cross-fostering.

NMDGF argues that FWS needs to finish revising its Mexican wolf recovery plan before going forward with releases, which FWS has committed to do by the end of 2017 as part of a court settlement. NMDGF is being disingenuous when it says that a recovery plan needs to be completed before more releases can take place. Recovery planning is important, but not the highest priority.

“It’s like saying you need to figure out how many gallons of water are needed to put out a fire before attempting to put it out,” said Bixby. “The decline in genetic health of wild Mexican wolves is the fire we need to put out—right now–and releasing more wolves is the only way to do it.”

With only about 97 Mexican wolves in the wild of NM and Arizona, and less than 25 in Mexico, the “lobo” is one of the most endangered canids on the planet.

The Southwest Environmental Center works to protect and restore wildlife and their habitats in the Southwest.