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Plan announced for 2014 Mexican wolf releases in Arizona

Releases to replace wolves illegally shot between 2011 and 2013

Joint announcement from the Arizona Game and Fish Department and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AGFD) have initiated actions for the release of two Mexican wolves in Arizona to replace wolves illegally shot, as directed by the Arizona Game and Fish Commission in 2012 and to increase the genetic diversity of the wild population.

The Mexican Wolf Interagency Field Team (IFT) tasked with the day-to-day management of the wild population captured two wild males during the January winter population count. M1249 was taken to the Service's Sevilleta Wolf Management Facility in New Mexico and is paired with a captive female wolf. M1290 was paired with a captive female wolf and is being held in a release pen in the Apache National Forest.

Neither of the male wolves has documented involvement in livestock depredations or nuisance behavior, making the animals good candidates for pairing with a captive female and subsequent release. Both wolf pairs are being observed for breeding behavior and will be released into the primary recovery zone in Arizona in the spring prior to giving birth.

"This is one of the important steps in Game and Fish's commitment to replace the four wolves lost to illegal causes between 2011 and 2013. One of the key considerations when the options were evaluated was to improve population genetics, which is important to the long-term survival of the subspecies," said Jim deVos, the Arizona Game and Fish Department's Assistant Director for Wildlife Management.

An additional option to replace wolves illegally shot and to increase the genetic diversity of the wild population -- cross fostering wolf pups born in captivity into a wild wolf pack litter -- still remains under consideration and will be evaluated in the future.

"The pairing of genetically valuable females with males with wild experience accomplishes two goals, adding genetically valuable genes into the population and replacing wolves that were taken illegally," said Benjamin Tuggle, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Southwest Regional Director. "If these pairs successfully establish themselves in the wild, they will increase population numbers immediately and will contribute to a more genetically robust population in the future.

"In 2013, the IFT attempted the release or translocation of two pairs of wolves and a single wolf into the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area. A single male was released into Arizona and recaptured in New Mexico shortly after release for displaying nuisance behavior. Plans to release a pair of wolves in Arizona were halted when another pack displayed territorial aggression and threatened the safety of the new pair. That pair was returned to captivity. In addition, a pair of wolves was trans-located into the Gila Wilderness of New Mexico. However, the male dispersed outside of the recovery area boundary and was recaptured, and the female was later legally shot and killed on private land in the act of killing livestock.

Release sites will be chosen based on several factors, including appropriate prey density, distance from occupied residences, seasonal absence of livestock grazing, and occurrence of established wolf packs in the area. The Mexican wolf population is estimated to be at least 83 animals, the highest number of wolves since the reintroduction began in 1998.

The Reintroduction Project partners are AGFD, White Mountain Apache Tribe, USDA Forest Service and USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (Wildlife Services), several participating counties in Arizona, the Eastern Arizona Counties Organization, and the Service.

Update on Takoda

Great News!

Our wonderful Ambassador Wolf-Dog TAKODA has lost a total of 8 lbs. so far. He’s down to 98 lbs. and looks amazing. He’s still on a diet but is currently in a holding pattern so this might be as low as he goes…especially if he continues to supplement his diet with big fat gofers and birds!

Takoda in the snow

On another note the GREAT NEWS is that while visiting Dawnie and Dave’s family to get at a healthier weight, he was reunited with HINA (formerly Destiny) from our pack. These two had a good relationship when they were both at the refuge, but apparently there’s a little more to the story ~ it’s true love. True love among the two animals and true love for the entire family. The two of them have made it very clear to everyone around that this is the way they want it to stay!

Although it’s pretty difficult to let Takoda go, it’s in his best interest and for his happiness that Takoda will no longer reside at the U.S. Refuge – he is now a permanent part of this wonderful family. Thankfully we will still get to enjoy his company on a pretty regular basis. We always want what is best for our animals.

Watch the video “Sparring Wolf-Dogs” to see why this decision was reached. Love you “Koda”!

Pack Member of the Month



I thought it would be very fitting to celebrate TAKODA one last time as Pack Member of the Month for April. Knowing Takoda and rescuing him from the situation he was in at his second home in Northern California has been an amazing experience. This very special animal’s life was being threatened simply because he is what he is. Thankfully the man that had taken him in after his original owners could not keep him at home, went the extra mile(s) (literally) to keep Takoda safe and alive. He sought out our help and pretty much would not take “no” for an answer. He boarded him at a vet until we could get him, also updating him on his shots, neuter and anything he needed. He did everything possible to ensure that Takoda made it to the safety of the U.S. Wolf Refuge. This animal has been one of the best things that has ever happened to us and we wish him the best.

To help us celebrate our big boy TAKODA and wish him the best, his Adopt-a-Wolf packet is the one that will be on special the entire month of April. You can help TAKODA help his pack by purchasing this wonderful gift.


Are You Ready For The PowWow

The Stanford Powwow ~ May 9th thru May 11th

War CloudIf you have never been to a Powwow I encourage anyone within driving distance to attend the largest Native American Gathering on the West Coast. The 2014 “43rd Annual Stanford Powwow” is being held this year on May 9th, 10th and 11th in the Eucalyptus Groves at Stanford University in Palo Alto CA.

We are currently looking for volunteers willing to come to the Stanford University Campus to volunteer for us at the Stanford Powwow. We always need a few strong bodies to help set-up our two canopies, the fenced animal enclosure, set up grid walls and folding tables in place, move bins of fundraising products and to help put together the displays in our fundraising booth. Experienced volunteers can interact with our Ambassador Wolf-Dogs KASA and TAKODA welcoming the public and answering any questions they may have. Others can help in our fundraising “Gift Shop”.

If you would like to give us a hand please Contact Bill a the US Wolf Refuge with your availability. There is a campground on-site where you are more than welcome to pitch a tent or park your RV to join us. http://powwow.stanford.edu

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WOOOOOOF... see you next month ...