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Eastern Arizona Counties Organization contributes $25,000 to Range Rider Program to reduce Mexican wolf depredations on livestock

PINETOP, Ariz. – The Eastern Arizona Counties Organization (ECO) has made a contribution of $25,000 to support the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Range Rider Program that is directed by the Mexican Wolf Interagency Field Team. Created in 1993, ECO includes Apache, Cochise, Gila, Graham, Greenlee and Navajo counties. The ECO counties have developed a leading […]

Eleven Mexican wolf pups journey from captive facilities across U.S. to join the wild population

PHOENIX — Eleven genetically valuable captive-born Mexican wolf pups have been placed into wild dens to be raised in the wild by their surrogate parents after another successful fostering season. Now in its seventh year, the Mexican wolf fostering program continues to help boost the genetic diversity of this endangered subspecies. Over a three-week period […]

Six Mexican wolf cross-fosters hit major milestone

PHOENIX  ̶  The Mexican Wolf Recovery Program reached a major milestone on April 1 when six cross-fostered Mexican wolves matured to breeding age in the wild. In doing so, the six wolves are now able to be counted as contributing to the genetic recovery of the subspecies. This achievement brings the total number of cross-fosters […]

From pens to dens: A record number of Mexican wolf pups fostered into the wild

Fostered Mexican wolf pups advance genetic recovery effort   PINETOP, Ariz. –​​​​​​​ A record 22 captive-born Mexican wolf pups were placed in wild dens to be raised in the wild by their surrogate parents after another successful cross-foster season. For six years, wild Mexican wolves have been raising captive-born pups as their own, helping to boost […]

New study shows abundant high-quality wolf habitat in Mexico

Analysis reinforces the importance of Mexico for recovery of endangered Mexican wolves PHOENIX – A peer-reviewed scientific paper published last week in the conservation journal Diversity and Distributions demonstrates that the Mexican wolf’s historical range in the southwestern U.S. and Mexico contains ample high-quality habitat to focus recovery efforts within that range. The research, a multi-year collaboration between Mexican […]

At least seven Mexican wolf pups successfully cross-fostered into wild packs

Record number of cross-fostered pups captured and collared by field team Joint news release Arizona Game and Fish Department New Mexico Department of Fish and Game PHOENIX — The Mexican Wolf Interagency Field Team (IFT) has successfully captured and radio-collared seven of this year’s cross-fostered pups, documenting record success for the program. Last spring, members […]

Three Mexican wolf pups successfully cross-fostered into pack in Arizona

Cross fostering supports genetic diversity in endangered Mexican wolves   PINETOP, Ariz. — On Aug. 24, Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) wolf biologists using remote trail cameras documented eight Mexican wolf pups, an endangered subspecies, in the Hoodoo Pack in the northeastern Apache Sitgreaves National Forest. In April, AZGFD and the U.S. Fish and […]

ECO contributes $35,000 to Range Rider Program to reduce Mexican wolf depredations on livestock

PINETOP, Ariz. – The Eastern Arizona Counties Organization (ECO) has made a contribution of $35,000 to support the Range Rider Program managed by the Interagency Field Team (IFT) of the Mexican Wolf Recovery Project. Created in 1993, the Eastern Arizona Counties Organization (ECO) includes Apache, Cochise, Gila, Graham, Greenlee and Navajo counties. The ECO counties […]

Mexican wolf population gets genetic boost with a record 20 captive-born pups cross-fostered into wild packs

PHOENIX – The Mexican wolf recovery effort recently got a genetic boost when biologists from the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD), New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF), and Mexican Wolf Species Survival Plan (SSP), with extensive logistical support from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), worked together to cross-foster 20 genetically […]

Mexican wolf population rises to at least 163 animals

2019 survey numbers show a 24 percent increase in minimum population   The wild population of Mexican wolves continues to grow at a healthy pace. The recent Mexican wolf count shows the population of Mexican wolves has increased by 24 percent since last year, raising the total number of wolves in the wild to a […]