Wolves moved to Gila Wilderness
—New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
A pair of Mexican gray wolves and five pups have been moved into the Gila Wilderness in southern New Mexico by the Interagency Field Team—The Interagency Field Team consists of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, the Arizona Game and Fish Department, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services Division and the White Mountain Apache Tribe. These wolves had been removed from the wild in Arizona after venturing away from their designated recovery area. The male of the pack, M732, was paired with the female while in captivity. Her earlier mate, M574, the father of the five pups, was shot and killed in Arizona earlier this year by wolf project personnel when efforts to trap it following its repeated involvement in livestock depredation were unsuccessful.
Female wolf 797 and its pups represent an important genetic augmentation of the wolf population of the Southwest United States. They will add important genetic diversity not present currently in the wild population in the recovery area.
The wolves will be packed into the wilderness on mules. They will be held in a mesh pen while they acclimate to their new surroundings.
Learn to “eBird”
Christopher Rastay, in his humorous and knowledgeable way, will explain the hows, whys, and whats of participating in eBird observations. eBird is a joint project of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, the National Audubon Society, the National Science Foundation, the American Birding Association, and Bird Studies Canada.
The free program “eBirding—A New Way To Look at Birds” is on October 21 at 7:15 p.m. at St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church, on the northwest corner of Copper and Jefferson in Albuquerque. For further information, please call Beth at 898-8914.