The Monthly Free E-Newsletter of South African Friends of Wolves
Volume 13, Issue 168, October 2018
From the Editor’s Desk
Less than ten weeks to go to another festive (crazy) season. Can you believe it? What happened to 2018?
This month’s news section is again dominated by the human threat to wolves. Curious that the US state of Washington’s plans to abandon the death penalty for criminal humans coincide with a drive to implement the death penalty for wolves whose only crime it is to exist and live according to their nature.
The same section this time includes an account of a hunter facing off with a pack of wolves (under California Wolf Center’s Mexican Wolf Update), which is rather interesting.
Our Wolves and Wolfdogs section features a personal experience with an anti-tick remedy that may have severe consequences if a canine contracts tickbite fever nevertheless and needs veterinary treatment. The animal concerned (barely) survived all right, but it could just as well have turned out differently. We particularly value contributions like this one, as they help greatly with spreading the word about vital details very few non-vets are aware of!
We have a poetic wolf tale, as usual, and I was surprised to find that it in part uses elements my book is all about, entirely independent from it and not at all influenced by it. The author very probably doesn’t even know my book exists.
Erin reports on our most memorable meeting with one of the very rare people who really do support wolf welfare physically. In this conjunction, I would like to urge you to take note of the small ad for a wolf care volunteer programme in SA under News: National, especially if you are situated outside of South Africa.
500 x 50 – We continue to talk about this initiative to just about anybody who will listen and continue to get the same response: it is a brilliant idea to sustainably support a really worthwhile cause. See our note under News: National and check whether R 50 would really harm your budget more than it would make you feel good about donating them every month anew. And if you are still doubtful about the beneficiaries, meet them face to face and those who care for them in Reitz, maybe when you go on holiday this coming holiday season.
Till next month,
Register Now for the 2018 International Wolf Symposium 2018:
Wolves in a Changing World
October 11-14, 2018
Calling all Wolf Biologists, Enthusiasts, Educators and Wildlife Conservationists. Registration is now open for the sixth International Wolf Symposium.
Location & Lodging:
Minneapolis Marriott Northwest
7025 Northland DR N, Minneapolis, MN 55428
Lodging is available at a reduced rate of $119 + taxes per night. All-suite hotel.
- Regular registration – $474.00 (June 1, 2018 – August 31, 2018)
- Late registration – $500.00* (Any time after September 1, 2018)
- Student registration – $299.00 (High school or college. Member discount does not apply.)
*International Wolf Center members will receive a $50.00 discount. Not a member? Join today!
Registration includes 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, a reception, all daily break refreshments and materials.
- Welcome Rendezvous Reception with cash bar, Thursday 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., October 11, 2018
- Wolves and Wilderness Bus Tour, Thursday, October 11, 2018 – $99 (Bus tour will not be back in time for the reception.)
- The Last Great Wolf Restoration Banquet, Saturday evening, October 13, 2018 – $50
*If your employer will not cover these expenses or you are bringing a significant other, click here to register for the additional events separately.
Keynote speakers and Plenary sessions will be presented by international wolf experts in their particular fields of study.
Concurrent sessions, given throughout the day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, will focus on a variety of topics under the following categories:
- Distribution of Wolves Around the World
- Wolf Ecology
- Wolf/Human Interactions
- Wolf Management and Policies
- Wildlands and Ecosystems
- Wolf Conservation and Education
- Emerging Research and Technologies
Poster Session: Posters will be on display Friday through noon Sunday, with a Q&A session Saturday at noon.
Exhibitors will have displays throughout the symposium.
Networking opportunities will be plentiful.
Be sure to watch your email and wolf.org for updates! You can help us spread the word by sharing this email.
Learn more here
International Wolf Center’s Adventure Programs
Say Yes to New Adventures!
Turn your vacation into a one-of-a-kind wilderness experience. The International Wolf Center offers a variety of Adventure Programs led by informative and enthusiastic wolf experts for people of all ages. Visit our website for a complete list of adventure programs here
- Upcoming Webinars
Webinar rate: $15 Non-members, $12 Members
Wolf Conservation Center (email@example.com)
1. Wolf Camp for Kids!
It may be cold outside, but it’s time to start thinking about summer camp!
Give the young animal lover in your family a chance to thrive among wolves all week long! The five-day program will include opportunities for your child to learn about nature and wildlife through woodland exploration, scavenger hunts, wilderness games, live animals, etc. Children will learn about various habitats, animal communication and behaviour, food chains, and local wildlife.
Programs will run with a minimum of 4 children and a maximum of 12. All children who complete the program will get a special “Junior Wolf Biologist” certificate. Pre-registration is required.
Time: 9AM – 3PM
Fee: $350 per child for the week-long program (Monday – Friday)
- Sessions for children entering Grades 1 – 2
- Sessions for children entering Grades 3 – 4
- Sessions for children entering Grades 5 – 6
Information & registration HERE
2. Sleeping with Wolves – Our Wild Campout Adventure
Wake up with Wolves!
Sleeping with Wolves, the Wolf Conservation Center‘s popular nocturnal adventure experience gives guests a chance to camp out overnight with the 30 wolves that call the centre home! With all the howls and nature’s night-time chatter, you will feel like you’re camping under the stars with wild wolves!
Pre-registration is required. Space is limited and dates are selling out quickly!
Information and registration here
- Join Us for an Adventure in Yellowstone here
The Wild is Calling!
Join us for an adventure sure to impart wild memories!
Join professionals from Yellowstone Insight and the Wolf Conservation Center for unique, educational, and wildlife-filled adventures in Yellowstone National Park!
Have you ever wanted to go to Yellowstone? Bask in the natural wonders of the first National Park? If so, one of these adventures is perfect!
News from the Wolf Front
From the HuskyRomi Wolf Sanctuary (Frans Badenhorst, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Extracts from the HuskyRomi Newsletter September 2018
From the Sanctuary
What a month this has been. So much has happened, so many changes and new happenings. Frans contacted me regarding a meeting that we were going to have regarding the NPO steering committee for HuskyRomi. Frans as per usual made some very sound suggestions regarding the structure of the committee, notably that I was no longer to be the chairperson of HuskyRomi, I would continue as the Sanctuary Manager. He felt that I wasn’t being able to do what I really like doing and that is looking after my animals and as per usual he was right.
The new committee can be looked up in our latest September newsletter.
HuskyRomi has grown so much that the committee had to grow and with the growth we have our first R10 000.00 a month sponsor. Paragmed has also committed a substantial amount of money towards the marketing of HuskyRomi. Glenda and Gary, on behalf of all the voiceless ones out here I would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Yes, we are looking for a secretary, someone who is based in Gauteng as meetings will take place in Jo’burg. Kim Dijkman will be setting up a HuskyRomi office in Holland, looking for donors, volunteers to come and volunteer (read volunteering on our Facebook page [or farther down here]) at the sanctuary.
FORRAY 65: Please read a very interesting article about Forray 65, a vet product to kill Redwater (Babesiosis) and tick-borne Gallsickness (Anaplasmosis) organisms in cattle, but also in canines and equine Babesiosis, based on Larry’s experience farther down in the column Wolves and Wolfdogs.
Well, it seems like winter has come and gone and in contrary to what I predicted earlier this year looking at the extremely thick coats the wolves were growing, we never even had frost here. At the moment of course, it is time for them to get rid of the excess fur again and that is quite a hairy disaster as anybody with a moulting dog in the house can tell you. Now imagine two moulting long haired wolves!
Talking about moulting, I have learned something today that is quite possibly just another piece of useless, but nonetheless interesting, information at Wikipedia regarding the definition of moulting in dogs. Please read this in our latest September newsletter.
Unfortunately it does not work like that with the balding pattern my head is following!
That is all I’m going to bore you with this month. Please take care and remember to send Larry articles and snippets for inclusion in the newsletter.
Throw your heads back and keep howling.
News from the Shire
A huge thank you to each and everyone who supported the Medieval Fayre and the HuskyRomi Wolf Sanctuary stall in particular. An amount of R 2 000+ was raised during the day.
The next upcoming event will be Mutters Dog Day. Thank you to the event organizers, Alter Ego’s, for choosing HuskyRomi Wolf Sanctuary as one of the charities of the day. Have a look at the Mutters Dog Day FB page for further details. An amount of each entrance ticket sold will be divided between the charities.
This most likely will be the last news from the Shire. It is with a heavy heart that I say good bye to a very important part of my life for the past 7 years.
The sanctuary and animals were there for me in bad and good times. This past year especially was one of the most difficult ones that I had to face. Personally, financially and emotionally and the roller coaster and uncertainties continue. My involvement and love for the animals and the sanctuary have kept me busy and sane. Through it all I have realized once again that you will only get true loyalty from animals.
I just want to wish the new committee all the best.
But I will keep my commitments to stall events already in place.
If you have an idea how to raise some extra money or if you want to run a fundraiser event please contact Larry to discuss it further.
Please remember to swipe your My School card!
I leave a big part of my soul behind at the sanctuary and I love each and every animal there unconditionally, even though I couldn’t visit as much this past two years. Thank you also for the true friends that I made during the years!
Please keep on supporting the sanctuary and I only wish bigger and better things for the growth and living conditions of all the animals.
Till we meet again!
That’s all from me.
Check out the HuskyRomi Wolf Sanctuary’s Facebook page for more information here: https://web.facebook.com/huskyromi/?rdc=1&rdr . If you wish to subscribe to HuskyRomi’s monthly newsletter, mail Frans Badenhorst at email@example.com and have yourself added to the mailing list. It’s FREE!
From the HuskyRomi Wolf Sanctuary
HuskyRomi’s Volunteer Programme
Ever dreamt of working hands-on with wolves?
Here is an opportunity of a lifetime!
Phone or mail for all the necessary information and request an application form
Larry Paul – 0027 71 679 5141
E-mail: Larry@HuskyRomi.co.za or Committee@Huskyromi.co.za
Note that this offer is available to volunteers from all over the globe!
Why not combine volunteer work with an exotic holiday?
Our GPS coordinates are:
27.776026, 28.442818 or S 27°46’33,5’’, E 028°26’34,0’’
From South African Friends of Wolves (www.safow.org)
500 x 50 – Calling on all South African Friends of Wolves
Set up a standing order with your bank and donate Rand 50 every month to support the wolves, wolfdogs and huskies at the HuskyRomi Wolf Sanctuary
HuskyRomi Rescue and Wolf Sanctuary
First National Bank
Type: Cheque Acc
Ref: Donation / Your name
…and then get one of your friends to do the same.
Remember, it’s tax-deductible, sustainable, no Rand is wasted, …and it really feels good to support a worthy cause!
From Defenders of Wildlife (http://www.defenders.org)
- USA: Help us fight for Washington wolves!
Washington State has signed death warrants for two young wolves from a pack so new it doesn’t even have a name.
The tragic irony is that these killings will do little if anything for the livestock the state officials is trying to protect, as a growing body of research shows that lethal methods are often ineffective, counterproductive and create more problems.
These wolves don’t have to die.
Donate $10 or more and your urgent gift will help us fight for the lives of these wolves and other wildlife and help Defenders promote proven nonlethal strategies here
The decision to execute these animals comes in the wake of a handful of attacks by wolves on livestock in eastern Washington State on national forest public lands, near the Idaho border.
Elke, this ‘kill first, ask questions later’ approach is not only senseless, it’s also ineffective. This specific area of eastern Washington has been the site of repeated wolf-livestock conflicts, and instead of requiring ranchers to adapt their practices to implement more effective conflict deterrent methods, WDFW is allowing wolves to be killed off.
Please make a donation of $10 or more here
Thanks to your past support, Defenders is on the ground in wolf country every day. Defenders of Wildlife has extensive experience in promoting and implementing effective nonlethal methods to reduce conflicts between wolves and livestock throughout the country.
We have pioneered creative and effective strategies to allow humans, predators and other wildlife to share the landscape. Because if we’re not coexisting with wolves, we’re condemning wolves.
With your continued support of $10 or more, we’ll continue to educate landowners and state officials that peaceful coexistence is possible: http://action.defenders.org/site/R?i=HzvO3H2l_b3q2MU39xK8IQ
It’s the best hope for continued wolf recovery.
Thank you for all you do.
- USA: A nation abandoning wolves?
With one bill, Congress could unleash the widespread killing of northern Grey wolves across the country.
Members of Congress have introduced a bill that would leave most gray wolves at the mercy of the states. And you and I have seen where that can lead: Dead wolves.
This bill has already advanced in Congress – but we are coming out strong to stop this deadly legislation from going any further.
Won’t you help? Your emergency gift will help save wolves and other imperiled species: http://action.defenders.org/site/R?i=SN_s0HTcwk8V6zfNTtFiqg
This hateful bill, H.R. 6784, is called the “Manage Our Wolves Act.” A more accurate title would be the “Open Season on Wolves Act,” because it takes a brutal approach to ‘managing’ wolves by:
- Stripping wolves of all protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA);
- Turning most wolf ‘management’ over to the states; and
- Eliminating the right to go to court to fight for the wolves you and I love.
What does ‘state wolf management’ mean?
In Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, thousands of wolves have been killed since losing ESA protection. And we’ve seen some of Yellowstone National Park’s most iconic and beloved wolves shot and killed just across the park border.
And don’t forget Alaska, where not even a denning mother and her pups are safe.
We’ve come a long way toward seeing wolves recover in the lower 48. But we’ve got a long way to go. If this bill passes, wolf recovery could stop dead in its tracks.
With all of the other attacks underway, including efforts to gut the ESA, anti-wildlife forces think they have the upper hand. But they don’t. Not if wildlife lovers like you refuse to surrender to the assault.
I’m counting on you today!
Wolfsschutz Deutschland on Facebook here
- Germany: More Shootings of Wolves planned in Görlitz County! Please help!
The next wolf is in the crosshairs of the county administration in Görlitz county in Saxony. After Pumpak, whose killing could be prevented but who has been missing since, and Zottel who could have been treated with two available types of medication, a new firing order is about to be issued on another wolf. According to our research, it is again anything but legal.
You can read all the facts here
From Change.org (Jan Olsson via Change.org (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- The fight for the Survival of Wolves! Pleading for Wolves!
Illegal and “legal” shootings of wolves have happened and do happen these days in Lower Saxony, Saxony, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Brandenburg.
Municipal, city, county, provincial and federal politicians still call vehemently for the death of the Goldenstedt she-wolf and others. Regional as well as national media are still involved in spreading assumptions and allegations cloaked as unsubstantiated facts in a drive to disseminate diffuse and unfounded fears about wolves. These biased reports are intended to rally support for the shooting of the Goldenstedt she-wolf, her partner, her offspring, and other wolves!
At least one wolf of every pack in Saxony is to be fitted with a transmitter. Presently there are 20 officially confirmed packs in Lower Saxony, which means at least 20 wolves. The only two wolves with transmitters in Lower Saxony were MT6 (Kurti) and his sister FT10, and they and their cubs are dead. That must not happen again!
Please, help prevent the deaths of more wolves by supporting our petition and the W-I-S-Z-V. Appeal to the political representatives of the parties and media in your region and report to them and the public the true behaviour of wolves. Show to all others responsible and representatives of organisations and public authorities that you are FOR the wolf and that you will not tolerate more killed wolves!
Everyone can make a difference! Everyone plays a big part in the protection of wolves. Our wolves need your help! Keep supporting the W-I-S-Z-V; each donation no matter how small goes directly to the protection of the Goldenstedt she-wolf and others. The W-I-S-Z-V published in their latest news of 5 October 2018 a “Pleading for the Wolves” that illustrates the situation of our wolves in detail. You can also find there all important information about the topic Wolf and what it means to lobbing for the wolves every day.
Wolf-Informations-und Schutz-Zentrum-Vechta e.V. (W-I-S-Z-V)
IBAN DE74 2804 2865 0630 0719 00
You find more information at: https://www.w-i-s-z-v.de/
From News by the California Wolf Center (email@example.com on behalf of; firstname.lastname@example.org [californiawolfcenter] [email@example.com)
MEXICAN WOLF UPDATE August 1-31, 2018
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. Additional 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
www.azgfd.gov/wolf or by visiting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website at www.fws.gov/southwest/es/mexicanwolf . For information on the FAIR call (928) 338-4385 ext. 226 or visit www.wmatoutdoors.org
Past updates may be viewed on these websites. Interested parties may sign up to receive this update electronically by visiting www.azgfd.com 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 (AZGFD), 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 location information please visit http://arcg.is/0iGSGH .
Please report any wolf sightings or suspected livestock depredations to: the Alpine wolf office at (928) 339-4329, Pinetop wolf office at (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) 388-4385 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.
Overall Mexican Wolf Recovery Program Monthly Update
Brady McGee has been selected for the USFWS Mexican Wolf Recovery Coordinator position. Brady will start in his new position October 1st. For the last four years, Brady has served as the USFWS Southwest Region’s Chief for the Branch of Recovery and Restoration. Overall, he has worked in the Southwest Region since 2001 and has extensive experience with the Endangered Species Act, Mexican wolves and the challenges of wolf recovery in the Southwest. Brady has a Masters in Wildlife Biology from Texas State University and a Doctorate degree in Wildlife Science from Texas Tech University.
Numbering System: 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) are used to indicate wolves younger than 24 months. A lower case letter “p” preceding the number is used to indicate a wolf pup born in the most recent spring. 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 telemetry 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.
CURRENT POPULATION STATUS
The year-end minimum population count for 2017 was 114 wolves in the wild in Arizona and New Mexico. Annual surveys are conducted in the winter as this is when the population experiences the least amount of natural fluctuation (i.e. in the spring the population increases dramatically with the birth of new pups and declines throughout the summer and fall as mortality is particularly high on young pups). Thus, the IFT summarizes the total number of wolves in the winter at a fairly static or consistent time of year. Counting the population at the end of each year allows for comparable year-to-year trends at a time of year that accounts for most mortality and survival of young pups. At the end of August, there were 70 wolves with functioning radio collars that the IFT was actively monitoring.
Bear Wallow Pack (collared AM1338, M1676, and f1683)
In August, the IFT documented the Bear Wallow Pack in their territory on the east central portion of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest (ASNF) and occasionally on the SCAR. Yearling f1683, M1676, and AM1338 were documented travelling separately. Subadult male 1676 made dispersal movements across the central and western portion of the ASNF and on the Coconino National Forest.
Bluestem Pack (collared f1686)
In August, the IFT documented the Bluestem Pack in the pack’s traditional territory in the east central portion of the ASNF. Yearling f1686 made dispersal movements from the pack’s territory this month within the eastern portion of the ASNF.
Eagle Creek Pack (collared M1477)
In August, M1477 continued to be documented travelling with an uncollared wolf. The pair has been holding a territory in the east central portion of the ASNF.
Elk Horn Pack (collared AF1294, f1668, and m1671)
In August, the Elk Horn Pack was located within their traditional territory in the north-eastern portion of the ASNF. The IFT discontinued a supplemental food cache that had been established for the pack as part of the cross-foster effort in April. The pack displayed localized behaviour consistent with pup rearing during the month of August.
Hoodoo Pack (collared AM1290, AF1333, m1666, m1677, and m1681)
In August, the Hoodoo Pack was located within their traditional territory in the north-eastern portion of the ASNF. The IFT discontinued a diversionary food cache that had been established for the pack in May. The pack displayed localized behaviour consistent with pup rearing during the month of August. The IFT documented a minimum of three pups in the Hoodoo Pack this month.
Panther Creek Pack (collared AM1382)
In August, the IFT documented AM1382 travelling alone and making dispersal movements throughout the north central portion of the ASNF.
Pine Spring Pack (collared AM1394 and AF1562)
In August, the Pine Spring Pack was located within their territory in the north central portion of the ASNF. The IFT continued to maintain a diversionary food cache for this pack to reduce potential for wolf-livestock conflict. The pack displayed localized behaviour consistent with pup rearing during the month of August.
Prime Canyon Pack (collared AM1471 and AF1488)
In August, the IFT documented the Prime Canyon Pack within their territory in the east central portion of the ASNF. AM1471 and AF1488 exhibited behaviour and movements consistent with pup rearing. The IFT maintained a diversionary food cache for this pack in a proactive attempt to reduce the potential for human-wildlife interactions near residences.
Saffel Pack (collared AM1441, AF1567, m1661, and m1680)
In August, the Saffel Pack was located in their territory in the north-eastern portion of the ASNF. The pack displayed localized behaviour consistent with pup rearing during the month of August. The IFT documented a minimum of five pups in the Saffel Pack this month.
Sierra Blanca Pack (collared M1571 and F1550)
In August, the Sierra Blanca Pack was located in their territory in the north-eastern portion of the ASNF.
Single collared F1489
In August, the IFT documented F1489 travelling in the north and east central portion of the ASNF and in the eastern portion of the FAIR.
Single collared M1574
In August, the IFT documented M1574 travelling in the east central portion of the ASNF, the SCAR, and the eastern portion of the FAIR.
ON THE FAIR:
Baldy Pack (collared AM1347, F1560, and m1672)
In August, the Baldy Pack was documented travelling in the eastern portion of the FAIR and the north central portion of the ASNF.
Maverick Pack (collared AF1291)
In August, the Maverick Pack was located within their traditional territory both on the FAIR and east central portion of the ASNF.
Tsay-O-Ah Pack (collared AM1343, AF1283, and f1674)
In August, the Tsay-O-Ah Pack was located within their traditional territory in the eastern portion the FAIR.
Tu dil hil Pack (collared M1559 and F1679)
In August, the Tu dil hil Pack was documented travelling in the eastern portion of the FAIR.
IN NEW MEXICO:
Copper Creek Pack
During August, the Copper Creek Pack was located via a remote camera travelling in the western portion of the Gila National Forest (GNF). Currently there are no functioning collars in this pack. Single M1673 was documented travelling with F1444 in August. The IFT is monitoring this to determine if M1673 has joined this pack.
Dark Canyon Pack (collared AM1354 and AF1456)
During August, the Dark Canyon Pack was documented travelling together within their traditional territory, in the west central portion of the Gila National Forest (GNF). The Dark Canyon Pack continued to exhibit behaviour and movements consistent with rearing pups during August.
Datil Mountain Pack (collared M1453 and F1685)
During August, the Datil Mountain Pack continued to travel in the western portion of the Cibola National Forest (CNF).
Frieborn Pack (collared AM1447 and AF1443)
In August, the Frieborn Pack was documented within their territory in the east central portion of the ASNF in New Mexico and Arizona. The IFT maintained a food cache near the den as part of the cross-foster effort and to reduce the potential for wolf-livestock conflict. The Frieborn Pack continued to exhibit behaviour and movements consistent with rearing pups during August.
Hawks Nest Pack (collared AM1038 and F1473)
During August, the Hawks Nest Pack continued to travel separately. AM1038 continued to travel in the north central portion of the GNF, while F1437 was consistently located with its natal pack (Elk Horn) in Arizona.
Iron Creek Pack (collared AM1240, AF1278, m1555, m1556, and f1670)
During August, the Iron Creek Pack continued to utilize their territory in the northern portion of the Gila Wilderness and the southern portion of the GNF. The Iron Creek Pack continued to exhibit behaviour and movements consistent with rearing pups during August.
Lava Pack (collared AM1285 and AF1405)
During August, the Lava Pack was located within their traditional territory in the south-eastern portion of the GNF. The Lava Pack continued to exhibit behaviour and movements consistent with rearing pups during August.
Leopold Pack (collared AM1293 and AF1346)
During August, the IFT documented the Leopold Pack within their territory in the northern portion of the Gila Wilderness.
Luna Pack (collared AM1158, AF1487, and fp1684)
During August, the Luna Pack remained in their traditional territory in the north central portion of the GNF. The Luna Pack continued to display behaviour consistent with rearing pups during August.
Mangas Pack (collared AM1296, AF1439, f1664 and f1705)
During August, the Mangas Pack was located within their territory in the north-western portion of the GNF. The IFT maintained a diversionary food cache for the Mangas Pack to reduce potential for livestock conflict. The Mangas Pack continued to display behaviour consistent with rearing pups within their traditional territory during August.
Prieto Pack (collared AM1398, AF1251, F1565, m1669, and m1678)
During August, the Prieto Pack was located within their traditional territory in the north central portion of the GNF. The IFT maintained a diversionary food cache for the Prieto Pack and implemented continuous hazing efforts to reduce potential for livestock conflict. The Prieto Pack continued to display behaviour consistent with rearing pups within their traditional territory during August.
San Mateo Pack (collared AF1399 and f1578)
During August, the San Mateo Pack continued to utilize their territory in the north central portion of the GNF. The IFT maintained a diversionary food cache for the San Mateo Pack to reduce potential for livestock conflict. The San Mateo Pack continued to display behaviour consistent with rearing pups during August.
Sheepherders Baseball Park (SBP) Pack (collared AF1553 and M1561)
During August AF1553, of the SBP Pack and single M1561 continued to use the traditional territory of the SBP pack in the north central portion of the GNF. The wolves continued to exhibit behaviour consistent with rearing pups.
Squirrel Springs Pack (collared F1788)
In August the Squirrel Springs pack continued to travel in the north central portion of the GNF.
Single collared M1486
During August, M1486 travelled throughout the northern and central portions of the CNF.
Single collared M1673
During August, M1673 was located via a remote camera travelling in the western portion of the Gila National Forest (GNF) with F1444 in August. The IFT is monitoring to determine if M1673 has joined the Copper Creek Pack.
In August, AM1343 of the Tsay-O-Ah Pack was located dead in Arizona. This mortality is under investigation.
In August, fp1691 of the Elk Horn Pack was located dead in New Mexico. The mortality is currently under investigation.
From January 1, 2018 to August 31, 2018 there have been a total of eight documented wolf mortalities.
During the month of August, there were two confirmed wolf depredation incidents on livestock. There were two nuisance incidents during August. From January 1, 2018 to August 31, 2018 there have been a total of 56 confirmed wolf depredation incidents in New Mexico and 24 confirmed wolf depredation incidents in Arizona.
On August 3, Wildlife Services investigated a dead cow in Coconino County, AZ. The investigation concluded the cow died from unknown causes.
On August 7, Wildlife Services investigated an injured dog in Apache County, AZ. The investigation determined it was probable the injuries were caused by another dog.
On August 8, Wildlife Services investigated a dead cow in Catron County, NM. The investigation determined the cow was a confirmed wolf kill.
On August 13, WMAT investigated a dead calf on the FAIR. The investigation determined the calf was a probable dog kill.
The IFT received information from a property manager who stated on August 16, a woman was sitting on a porch at a cabin located off Highway 191 north of Hannagan Meadow when a collared wolf approached the cabin and started to walk up the porch steps. The woman stood up and yelled at the wolf which caused the wolf to run off. The wolf reportedly was seen trying to enter a barn before leaving the property. The property manager told the IFT that on the following day, a single collared wolf was again observed on the property. The manager walked outside and yelled at the wolf from a distance of approximately 50 yards, causing the wolf to run away. The manager told the IFT that the property had been unoccupied for months prior to the week in mid-August when these incidents occurred. At the time of preparing this report, the property manager told the IFT there had been no further sightings of wolves at the property.
On August 25, Wildlife Services investigated a dead calf in Apache County, AZ. The investigation determined the calf was a confirmed wolf kill.
The IFT took a report from a hunter who reported an encounter with a wolf pack on August 29, while hunting in the ASNF south of Alpine. The hunter told the IFT that he was deer hunting on foot in the early morning when he was surrounded by wolves approximately 100 yards away. The hunter reported that the wolves were growling, barking and moving back and forth. The hunter stated there were as many as nine to ten wolves. The hunter left the area to return to his vehicle and indicated the wolves followed him out. GPS collar data was used by the IFT to determine the encounter reported by the hunter was with the Prime Canyon Pack which consists of two adult wolves and a minimum of six pups from this year. The IFT concluded the hunter’s encounter with the Prime Canyon Pack was a result of the hunter walking into a rendezvous site where the alpha wolves exhibited behaviours to protect the pups that were present. Wolves vocalizing and following a perceived threat out of an area where young pups are present is a behaviour often exhibited by wolves.
After taking the report, the IFT posted informational signs and has maintained a presence in the area. At the time this report was prepared, there have been no additional incidents reported to the IFT involving interactions with the Prime Canyon Pack. The public is encouraged to report all wolf interactions to the IFT using the contact information provided at the beginning of this document. Any person may take (which includes killing as well as nonlethal actions such as harassing or harming) a Mexican wolf in self-defence or defence of the lives of others. Any form of take must be reported within 24 hours to the Mexican Wolf Recovery Program, USFWS by telephone 505-346-2525; or fax 505-346-2542.
COMMUNICATION AND COORDINATION
On August 15, WMAT presented at the Native American Fish and Wildlife Society Conference in Ignacio, CO.
On August 11, AGFD personnel had an informational booth about wolves at the Show Low Chamber of Commerce Outdoor Expo in Show Low, AZ.
On August 27 and 28, the IFT and a group of wildlife program personnel from the Navajo Nation completed annual capture and immobilization training in Springerville, AZ.
In August, WMAT welcomed a temporary employee.
The USFWS is offering a reward of up to $10,000; the AGFD Operation Game Thief is offering a reward of up to $1,000; and the NMDGF is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the conviction of the individual(s) responsible for the shooting deaths of Mexican wolves. A variety of non-governmental organizations and private individuals have pledged an additional $46,000 for a total reward amount of up to $58,000, depending on the information provided.
Individuals with information they believe may be helpful are urged to call one of the following agencies: USFWS special agents in Mesa, Arizona, at (480) 967-7900, in Alpine, Arizona, at (928) 339-4232, or in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at (505) 346-7828; the WMAT at (928) 338-1023 or (928) 338-4385; AGFD Operation Game Thief at (800) 352-0700; or NMDGF Operation Game Thief at (800) 432-4263. Killing a Mexican wolf is a violation of state law and the Federal Endangered Species Act and can result in criminal penalties of up to $50,000, and/or not more than one year in jail, and/or a civil penalty of up to $25,000.
- USA: A Heartfelt Goodbye to Atka
Rest in Peace, Atka
It is with deep sorrow that we share news about the most magnificent wolf we have ever known. Atka died in his sleep early this morning; he was 16 years old.
His passing was painless and peaceful with his family surrounding him. While Atka leaves a hole in our lives so big that words can’t describe it, his impact on wolf conservation persists and can not be overstated.
Atka is an Inuit name meaning guardian spirit, and his brilliant spirit lives on in those whose hearts he warmed, minds he opened, and souls he touched.
He instilled compassion, understanding, and awareness to the hundreds of thousands of people he met over his storied career. We will be better and do better because Atka lived. He will empower us to continue the fight to safeguard the wild legacy he leaves behind.
Thank you, Atka. We’ll never stop loving you.
Thank you so much for your support,
Wolf Conservation Center Family
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Wolves and Wolfdogs
A not-so-safe Tick and Biliary Remedy – Forray 65
by Larry from the HuskyRomi Wolf Sanctuary
I’ve always used Forray 65 in the past as it was recommended by my vet. When I took Apache with a suspicion of biliary through to Bethlehem, I told the veterinary nurse what I had treated him with. At the very mention of Forray, she looked at me in horror and said, they can’t treat him. I said please just check his blood and confirm biliary. She did what she could and put Apache on a drip and wished me luck.
Everything seemed to be going well when suddenly Apache took a turn for the worse; now we were fighting for his life, messaged the nurse, and sent a video. She confirmed that we were losing him; we didn’t think that we could even get to Bethlehem in time. All of this was late in the evening, just after ten. She asked me if I had any Atropine; she had contacted another vet who suggested that we counteract the Forray as it was killing Apache. Thank goodness I do carry Atropine. I injected the dosage into the drip and the rest under his skin. Half an hour later Apache started to breathe easier, but Kim thought that maybe he was letting go. I slept on the floor next to him as every now and then he would have a convulsion but they became further apart. To cut a long story short, Apache had a blood transfusion using Trigger’s blood. The nurse had done a test the previous day combining the wolves blood with dogs blood and saw a huge rejection. Apache could be released back into his pack, all thanks to a dedicated nurse.
After losing our husky Max to biliary last month and then having to deal with Apache who showed all the same symptoms that took Max’s life, we were forced to take Apache through to Maluti Veterinary Hospital in Bethlehem. We had JC, the vet nurse attend to us; she was like a gift from above. Apache was moments
from death a few times and if it hadn’t been for the dedication of JC I don’t believe Apache would be here with us now. She changed a lot of what we have done in the past and we’ve since treated more animals for biliary in a different way and noticed a huge improvement.
[Ed.: …and we found the following background information: “One of 13 healthy dogs used in a pharmacokinetic study of imidocarb dipropionate died due to difficulty in breathing, tachycardia, weakness and profuse diarrhoea. Autopsy findings showed marked pulmonary congestion and oedema. Kidneys were grossly enlarged and markedly congested with extensive haemorrhage in the cortex and medulla. Marked tubulonephrosis was also exhibited microscopically. Liver and spleen were moderately enlarged and congested. The adverse effects of imidocarb may be due to excessive acetylcholine action.”
”Adverse effects of imidocarb dipropionate (Imizol) in a dog”, available from [accessed Oct 13 2018].]
Wolf Myths and Legends, Part 154
The Black Alpha Wolf by Sloane Jenssen
A big black Alpha-wolf climbs a hill in the fading light, so he can sing and howl throughout the coming night.
The dwindling sunlight plays on his eyes and face, as he stands there tall, a noble member of a dying race.
As the sun sets he lifts his head to sing, and his voice causes the very air to ring.
Away in the forest the wolf-pack picks up their Alpha’s song, and they all begin to howl together – loud and long.
Suddenly a gunshot sounds out through the night, and down goes the black wolf-leader without a fight.
Sprawled out on the hill, bleeding, life dims in his eyes, he shudders and whimpers, and finally he dies.
Then the human walks up the hill, his gun held high, looking down at the wolf with a satisfied sigh.
He kneels down, his heart swelling with pride, wondering how much money he’ll get for the wolf’s hide.
Then he takes the wolf away, an animal he holds but does not love, not noticing the Alpha-wolf’s spirit watching him from Above.
Now the night is quiet and silent and still, and no more wolf-cries sound from the hill.
Then the wolf’s pack creeps from the trees, their thick pelts rippling in the cool night breeze.
They run to the place where their Alpha was slain, but all they find on the grass is a big, red bloodstain.
Then the Alpha’s mate, her belly full of pups, begins a new song, about their loyal leader and of his that was so wrong.
All the wolves mournfully howl, then at last they go away, sad that their leader will not see the next day.
Yet that day is happier, for six wolf pups are born, and the Alpha-wolf’s mate ceases to mourn.
Two of the wolf pups are brown, and three are gray, soon they are playing about in the warm spring day.
But the sixth pup, who is jet black, is at the center of their play, growling and bossing them around in a very Alpha-like way.
He has the same noble look his father had once worn, and the wolf-pack realizes that a new leader has been born.
Now, years later, a new black Alpha stands atop the hill and cries, while the old one watches proudly from the Heavenly skies.
The young wolf-leader howls long, he boldly says: no matter what happens, there will be wolves here…always!
A Wolfdog Diary
Ted and I eventually had the pleasure to meet Kim, the former volunteer and now a regular member of the HuskyRomi Wolf Sanctuary Team. On her way back to Holland she had a few days in Jozy and some time to pay us a visit. It was so nice to meet her in person for the first time (we so far only had contact via e-mail and phone), and what a nice person she is! Full of dedication to the sanctuary, the animals, and bubbling with new ideas and projects. After our having not been down to the sanctuary for way too long a time we could not wait to hear about everything that has happened since we were there the last time and how much everything has changed. We had first warned her that our pack was rather suspicious of strangers and that she might not see much of them, but to our surprise, all three seemed to feel quite comfortable in her presence and were rather forthcoming. Maybe the tins of pilchards in tomato sauce she had brought for them played a role in it?
The weather was nice and we could sit outside, chatting the day away. Time was flying much too fast. Eventually, she had to leave right when the clouds turned dark with rain and thunder for the first time this season. Unfortunately Kim will only be back next year, but we already have plans for when she is back, because the time we had together was much too short.
We were extremely pleased to hear that she would make good use of her time away and set up a HuskyRomi support office in Holland, looking for donors, volunteers to come to SA and work at the sanctuary (read our small advert in the National News section and see on the HuskyRomi Facebook page). All I can say from what I have heard about this new project is that it sounds very exciting and will surely be a very rewarding and worthwhile experience for every wolf lover here and in overseas.
Ted and I will go to the sanctuary in the too distant future, and Ted will sign his book (A Headful of Wolves) there for everybody who brings his/her copy. We will publish the exact date on Facebook as soon as we know it.
Will be continued…