The female wolf in a New Mexico-based pack was found dead earlier this month, and the pack's male wolf could not be located with radio telemetry equipment last week.
The cause of death of the Morgart Pack female is unknown pending completion of a necropsy, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said.
The male and female members of the Morgart Pack had been traveling together in the northeastern part of the Gila National Forest throughout September...
These two former single wolves had been traveling together since breeding season. As a result, the IFT considered them a pack and designated them as Morgart's Pack in memory of John Morgart, the former FWS Mexican wolf recovery project coordinator who passed away the year before. F1106 was translocated into New Mexico in late 2008 and m1155 was born in the wild to the Hawks Nest Pack in 2008 in Arizona.
This makes four wolves killed since summer plus the mysterious disappearance of another in April. Considering federal officials counted 59 wolves at the end of 2006, 42 at the end of 2009, the declining population as of today's news would be 37. To call it a setback to the 12 year old federal effort to reintroduce critically endangered Mexican Gray Wolves is an understatement. It is too suspicious for that.
Missing male Mexican Gray Wolf located according to the Mexican Wolf Blue Range Reintroduction Project Telemetry Flight Locations for the week of October 26, 2010.
"Morgart's Pack (M1155) 10/26/10 Located 6 miles nw of Boiler Peak and 3.5 mi s of indian peaks"
The fact that he is alive is good news.
It is good news.
I don't know that if I were F&W that I'd be publishing their whereabouts seeing so many have died this year.
update... "Death of Wolf in NM appears accidental"
The USFWS says the female from the Morgart Pack ingested a plastic ear tag commonly used on domestic cattle and that a rupture in the small intestines likely killed the animal.
An analysis found no sign of cattle hair in the wolf's digetive tract, and officials had no reports of wolf-related cattle depredations in the area.
The agency wasn't able to determine how the animal swallowed an ear tag.
Is this possible, Nakoowolf?