By Ken Showers
PHOENIX — The Arizona Game and Fish Department has released the December update for the Mexican Wolf Recovery Program.
The monthly report noted that it covers only Arizona and Fort Apache Indian Reservation updates due to the government shutdown.
“Program updates for New Mexico from the month of December were not available from the USFWS at the time this report was prepared,” the AZGFD wrote.
The document tracked the population status and movement of packs and individual wolves within the state. Population counts were ongoing at the time of the report.
Regionally, an incident saw one of the packs in an open pasture near Alpine residences, which resulted in the Interagency Field Team hazing the wolves from the area.
Another investigation showed that the death of a calf on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation was caused by a dog.
The December 2018 and other monthly reports can be found in full online at https://www.azgfd.com/Wildlife/speciesofgreatestconservneed/MexicanWolves/.
For questions about the project or to report a wolf sighting, the Mexican Wolf Interagency Field Team can be contacted at 928-339-4329 or 888-459-9653.