Wolves are currently terrorizing ranchers in Arizona. Attacks are on the rise, and the situation is expected to get worse. If the wolves provided some value to the environment, like suppressed fire or produced clean energy – most people could understand why environmentalists are fighting so hard to introduce them to our lives, and such great expense to life…. Sadly, they have little to offer and are taking cows on an increasing basis. Hmmmm, maybe that is what the environmentalists wanted in the first place….
This week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) released a pair of Mexican wolves into the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests.
The Mexican Wolf Interagency Field Team (IFT) conducted a “soft release” of wolves – meaning the wolves will be held in an enclosure until the animals chew through the fencing and self-release.
The female is the Rim Pack breeding female that was taken into captivity in January to be paired with a more “genetically-diverse male.” That wolf was whelped at the California Wolf Center in 2008 and eventually moved to the Service’s Sevilleta Wolf Management Facility in New Mexico.
The wolf pair was observed breeding and biologists believe the female is pregnant. The pair was released near the Rim Pack’s old territory in Arizona on the Alpine Ranger District.
“The release of this genetically-diverse pair of Mexican wolves will help us build on our recent success of reaching a population milestone of more than 100 wolves in the American Southwest,” said Mike Rabe, nongame wildlife branch chief for Arizona Game and Fish Department. “The methods used for their release help ensure that these wolves acclimate and behave as wild wolves”