The Arizona Game and Fish Department has released its July report covering the recovery efforts of the Mexican Wolf in Arizona and New Mexico.
This canine is subject to controversy due to conflicts between US Fish and Wildlife and New Mexico officials. Seems the USFWS wants to release more wolves and expand the current recovery range -- based on an outdated management plan that USFWS is reluctant to update.
The current report provides some interesting points of data. Reviewing the report reveals numerous use of "food cache" and "wolf kill".
So, the wolf re-introduction is dependent on artificial "food caches" to sustain the program.
It is time to update the wolf recovery plan and factor in that re-introduction cannot succeed without continuous active intervention. As that appears to be the case, why is the effort still continued and more important, why expand the effort?
Definitions: A “wolf pack” is defined as two or more wolves that maintain an established territory. In the event that one of the two alpha (dominant) wolves dies, the remaining alpha wolf, regardless of pack size, retains the pack status. The packs referenced in this update contain at least one wolf with a radio telemetry collar attached to it. Wolves without radio telemetry collars may also form packs.
Population monitoring requires year round effort documenting births, deaths, survival, total numbers, and distribution all culminating in the end of the year population counts. Currently, there are 19 packs and 4 single wolves, which include 44 wolves with functioning radio collars that are used to collect this data.
The complete report can be viewed at OutdoorWire: Mexican Wolf Update