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AZG&F updates on Wolf Reintroductions

The Arizona Game and Fish DepartmentThe Arizona Game and Fish Department has been informed that Mexican authorities plan to release five Mexican wolves this month at an undisclosed ranch location in northeastern Sonora, Mexico.

While the department does not know the specific date or other details at this time, it has received indications that the wolves being released will be fitted with satellite tracking collars.

Game and Fish is currently considering what, if any, impacts this release might have on Arizona’s Mexican wolf conservation and stakeholders. The department will continue to monitor activities related to the planned release and will continue to inform constituents as information becomes available.   Read the entire article from the AZG&F

For the Month of August 2011 we received the following report on the Arizona Wolf Reintroduction Project:

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.  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.


At the end of August 2011, the collared population consisted of 26 wolves with functional radio collars dispersed among ten packs and four single wolves.  Some other uncollared wolves are known to be associating with radio-collared wolves, and others are separate from known packs.

Seasonal note:  During the past three months, the IFT has been actively monitoring wolf packs to determine if females are denning in order to document wild-born pups and estimate their survival through the summer.  At the end of August, the IFT determined the following packs have produced pups during this year’s denning season:  Paradise, Hawks Nest, Bluestem, San Mateo, Luna and Middle Fork.  Three other packs, Fox Mountain, Dark Canyon and Rim, displayed denning behavior; however, the IFT has been unable to confirm the presence of pups with these packs. 

In Arizona, the IFT documented at least two pups from the Bluestem Pack, two pups from the Paradise pack, and five pups from the Hawks Nest Pack alive during the month of August.  The IFT is working to determine if any pups from the Rim Pack are currently traveling with that pack.  In New Mexico, at least seven pups were documented with the Middle Fork Pack, six pups with the Luna Pack, and at least one pup with the San Mateo pack in August.

This month, the IFT initiated fall trapping efforts to document pack status and pup recruitment in several packs in the BRWRA.  We successfully trapped and collared two new male pups from the Bluestem Pack, mp1240 and mp1242, and one new male pup from the Luna Pack, mp1241, as a result of these efforts.  The IFT will continue efforts to trap and collar other pups from the Hawks Nest, Paradise and San Mateo Packs in September.  Read the entire Report



Arizona Elk Society Offers FREE AES membership and Hunt/Fish License to Eagle Scouts or Girl Scout Gold Award Members

The Arizona Elk Society (AES) as part of their support of Arizona’s youth is collaborating with Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) in a special program. The program reimburses recipients of the Eagle Scout from the Boy Scouts of Scouts of America and Girl Scouts who have achieved the Gold Award for the cost of their Hunt/Fish license and provides them with a FREE one-year AES youth membership. An AES youth membership normally costs $20 and includes a hat, event notification, and quarterly magazine.

In 2010, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of scouting, the Arizona Legislature passed a law that allows AZGFD to offer a reduced fee Class F (Combination Hunt/Fish) Honorary Scout license to Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts who have reached the highest level in their organization. Recipients of the Eagle Scout from the Boy Scouts of Scouts of America and Girl Scouts who have achieved the Gold Award are eligible for this reduced fee license.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department

Arizona Game and Fish Department

Those wishing to obtain this license will need to complete the Honorary Scout License application (Form 306, available on the AZGFD website or at an AZGFD office), present the required documentation at any Department office and pay the reduced fee of $5.00.  This license normally costs $20.

This license class is only available at Department offices.  When an eagle scout or gold award recipient goes to a Department office to get this license, he or she will be handed a document that lists the sponsoring sportsmen’s groups.  The document will include the name of the organization, its mission statement, how the organization will sponsor the license, and an email address the scout can use to contact the organization they wish to join.  It will be up to the scout to contact the organization about a sponsorship.

Any scout who has earned the Eagle Scout or Gold award is eligible to buy this license up to and through the calendar year of their 20th birthday.  Therefore, Scouts who earned the Eagle or Gold awards prior to the legislation that authorized this license are also eligible to get this license.  The license comes with full hunting and fishing privileges, including the trout stamp.   A youth must still apply for and/or purchase a big game tag if he or she wishes to use this license for big game hunting.

Wallow Fire area access better defined with White Arrow System

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (ASNFs), in coordination with Arizona Game & Fish Department (AZG&F)  is working to define how you can travel in and around within the fire area. The use of the White Arrow System is a method to define forest users as they move through the area where it is safe to travel.  A very key point is the efforts taken to define how hunters can use the area.

We have attached the AZG&F news release.  It has great definations for all of us.  It actually explains how each level of forest user is toArizona Game and Fish Department move around and use the forest.  The AZG&F News Release of  August 21, 2011,  Forest Service opens additional roads within Wallow Fire perimeter using White Arrow System as one looks at the information it is quite clear there is a lot of work going on to get ready for the Fall hunts.  As you look through the links defined in the release you have a chance to really drill down to the level of information of where and how you can access the area.

The bottom line is to be very safe and as said again and again in the release,  Look Up, Look Down, and Look Around for hazards.