WHITE MOUNTAINS — A staffer with White Mountain Apache Tribe Game & Fish was part of a helicopter team during the recent wolf count.

Wolf technician Joseph Perez acted as a successful gunner, darting his first wolf from the chopper in only two shots.

Perez is a veteran of the US Army Airborne Special Forces.

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From TV6:

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) — It’s been a tough year to collect data on wolves in the Upper Peninsula. The wet spring could have an impact on the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ biennial wolf population estimates.

As part of the Michigan Wolf Management Plan, the DNR surveys wolves in the Upper Peninsula.

Their research helps shape policy decisions, including whether to allow public hunting. One of the main ways they survey wolves is through population estimates, released every other year.

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From Daily Miner:

The Arizona Game and Fish Department was monitoring 58 endangered Mexican wolves wearing radio collars at the end of May, the department reported in its latest update.

The overall population of the wolves in the wild in Arizona and New Mexico was 113 at the end of 2016.

Annual surveys are conducted by field teams in the winter when the population has the least amount of natural fluctuation. The spring population increases dramatically with the birth of new pups and declines throughout the summer and fall as mortality is particularly high on young pups.

Wolves with functioning radio collars are listed by studbook number in the pack updates. They’re given an identification number preceded by capital M (male) or F (female) for adult wolves and lowercase letters for wolves younger than 24 months.

Arizona Game and Fish was tracking 10 different packs of wolves in May. The Baldy Pack was not located during the month. It has been more than three months since the Baldy Pack was located and their fate is now considered unknown.


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From TheGuardian:

Conservation groups have raised concerns over Finland’s wild wolf population after a new census found numbers far below those regarded as naturally sustainable.

Data from the Finnish National Resources Institute show there are currently only about 150 to 180 wolves living in Finland, where the government awards licenses to hunt the animals.

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From Ashland Daily Press:

For the eighth year, I reviewed in detail the tracking data from this year’s wolf count. The wolf count is conducted each year from December through mid-April, when the wolf population is at its lowest point. The count consists of data from tracking collars and on-the-ground counts by volunteers and DNR personnel. Public reports are also used.

This year’s minimum overwinter count is 925 – 952, an increase of 6.8 percent over the previous year’s count. The pack count increased to 232. Find wolf information by typing “wolf” into the subject line on the DNR’s face page.

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