Mexican Wolf Reintroduction Project Monthly Update

Due to the federal government shutdown, updates for the month of December were only available for Arizona and the FAIR. Program updates for New Mexico from the month of December were not available from the USFWS at the time this report was prepared.

The following is a summary of Mexican Wolf Reintroduction Project (Project) activities in the Mexican Wolf Experimental Population Area (MWEPA) in Arizona, including the Fort Apache Indian Reservation (FAIR), San Carlos Apache Reservation (SCAR), and New Mexico. Additonal Project information can be obtained by calling (928) 339-4329 or toll free at (888) 459-9653, or by visiting the Arizona Game and Fish Department website at or by visiting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website at For information on the FAIR call (928) 338-4385 ext. 226 or visit Past updates may be viewed at these websites. Interested parties may sign up to recieve this update electronically by visiting and clicking on the E-news Signup tab on the top left corner of the webpage. This update is a public document and information in it can be used for any purpose. The Project is a multi-agency cooperative effort among the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AGFD), USDA Forest Service (USFS), USDA-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services (USDA-APHIS WS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the White Mountain Apache Tribe (WMAT). 
To view semi-monthly wolf telemetry flight location information please visit

Please report any wolf sightings or suspected livestock depredations to: the Alpine wolf office (928) 339-4329, Pinetop wolf office (928) 532-2391 or toll free at (888) 459-9653. For sightings or suspected depredations on the FAIR, please call the FAIR wolf office in Whiteriver at (928) 338-4385 ext. 226. To report incidents of take or harassment of wolves, please call the AGFD 24-hour dispatch (Operation Game Thief) at (800) 352-0700. 

2018 Winter NAFWS Eagle's Nest Newsletter, White Mountain Apache Tribe Mexican Wolf Tribal Youth Conservation Program:

Mexican Wolf Education Outreach on WMAT:

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Overall Mexican Wolf Recovery Program Monthly Updates - January 1-31, 2019
  • Due to the Federal government shutdown that lasted from December 22, 2018 until January 28, 2019, the Mexican Wolf Recovery Program Monthly Update for December did not include any project information for the State of New Mexico. The January Monthly Update will include project information from New Mexico for December and January. The shutdown also resulted in a delay oftheannual helicopter count and capture operationby 18 days, however; the count will be conducted in February within the appropriate timeframe.
  • During the month of December, USFWS met with the San Carlos Apache Tribe, White Mountain Apache Tribe,and Zuni Departments of Game and Fish.
  • The captive reared Mexican wolf that escaped from a wildlife center in Divide, Colorado, on Nov 11, 2018, was captured near the center on December 12, 2018and is being held for veterinary careat the Rio Grande Zoo in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Numbering Sytem: Mexican wolves are given an identification number recorded in an official studbook that tracks their history. Capital letters (M=Male, F=Female) preceding the number indicate adult animals 24 months or older. Lower case letters (m=male, f=female) indicate wolves younger than 24 months or pups. The capital letter "A" preceding the letter and number indicate breeding wolves.

Definitions: A "wolf pack" is defined as two or more wolves that maintain an established territory. In the event that one of the two alpha (dominant) wolves dies, the remaining alpha wolf, regardless of pack size, retains the pack status. The packs referenced in this update contain at least one wolf with a radio telementry collar attached to it. Studbook numbers listed in the monthly update denote wolves with functioning radio collars. The Interagency Field Team (IFT) recognizes that wolves without radio telemetry collars may also form packs. If the IFT confirms that wolves are associating with each other and are resident within the same home range, they will be referenced as a pack.