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The Francisco pack was removed for the mounting livestock depredations.  See Caught Between the Pack and the Hard Case. wolf stories 2003  FWS used the boundry problem so that they would be able to re-release them again and blame all depredations that were confirmed on the 2 or 3 uncollared wolves in the pack.  How is that for spin? 
On another note the male francisco wolf was confirmed to have been killed by a vehicle there was no may have been about it.

 
Another Mexican gray wolf found dead near Beaverhead

Compiled By The Daily Press

Another Mexican gray wolf has been found dead in the Gila National Forest.

The body of a female from the Francisco Pack was discovered Thursday west of Beaverhead (east of Snow Lake), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reported.

Another wolf, an alpha female from the Bonito Creek Pack, was found dead Jan. 16 on the White Mountain Apache Reservation in Arizona.

Officials are awaiting necropsy results to determine what killed the animals.

The incidents bring to 13 the number of wolf deaths in southwest New Mexico and eastern Arizona since March.

The wolf found near Beaverhead was the second recent fatality in the Francisco Pack. A male found dead Sept. 24 at the western edge of Silver City may have been killed in a collision with a vehicle, according to the service.

The six-member pack originally was released in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in eastern Arizona. After the wolves wandered outside the designated recovery area, they were recaptured and later turned loose on the Gila.

Another recent wolf death in southwest New Mexico involved a male of the Gapiwi Pack, found Sept. 28 one mile east of Snow Lake. It was a "potential gunshot" victim, according to the FWS.

Program field coordinator John Oakleaf said he is concerned about the mounting number of deaths, but the news is not all bad, The Associated Press reported.

Although it is somewhat of a setback, the population as a whole is still growing, he said, noting that 20 pups were born in the past year.

The agency is seeing positive signs, like new wolves moving in to take the places of animals that have died in various packs.

Tests have revealed at least two of the wolves were gunshot victims.

A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for shooting a wolf. The telephone number is (888) 459-WOLF.


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