Mexican Wolves includes vaccinations
—NEW MEXICO GAME & FISH
The annual census of Mexican wolves being restored to Arizona
and New Mexico is scheduled to begin this week, and rabies
is one of seven vaccines to be administered to any wolves
captured during the survey. Results of the survey are a measure
of reintroduction project progress.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Animal Plant Health Inspection
Service, U.S. Forest Service, White Mountain Apache Tribe,
the Arizona Game and Fish Department and the New Mexico Department
of Game and Fish are among the partners in the Interagency
Field Team doing the wolf count and captures.
The reintroduction project is restoring a native species
to its habitat, as authorized by the Endangered Species Act.
Fixed-wing aircraft are used to locate packs whose members
are wearing radio collars, and then a helicopter moves in
to identify individual wolves. If necessary, capture is done
by the helicopter crew using net guns or immobilizing drugs
delivered via darts.
Capturing wolves is necessary if a radio collar has failed
or to place collars on selected animals currently not wearing
the tracking devices.
To prepare for the count, the Interagency Field Team attempted
to contact 77 property owners or ranch families living in
the wolf recovery area of the two states. Permission to land
the helicopter on private property if necessary was approved
in 54 instances, and in the other 23 permission was denied
or the team could not reach the property owners.
Physical examinations are done by the ground crews which
include a veterinarian, and they also administer 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.
Rabid animals have been reported in Grant and Catron counties
since June 2007, with foxes, a bobcat and a pet dog testing
positive for the viral disease, reports the New Mexico Department
The New Mexico Department of Health is encouraging residents
of Grant and Catron counties to vaccinate their pets, horses
and other valuable livestock that may come into contact with
wild foxes, bobcats or free-ranging domestic dogs and cats.
Sick or dead wild animals should be reported to the New Mexico
Department of Game and Fish at (505) 532-2100. The Department
of Health reports rabid animals have no fear of people and
may seem friendly or become aggressive.
For more information, call the New Mexico Department of Health
at (505) 827-0006, or visit their website at www.health.state.nm.us/epi/rabies.html/.
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Mail or email your favorite pet photos, along with a caption
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