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Published:February 6th, 2007 08:40 EST
Removal Order Issued for Mexican Wolf 796

Removal Order Issued for Mexican Wolf 796

By SOP newswire

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued a permanent removal order for a Mexican wolf, male 796.  Since March 15, 2006, the wolf, a six year old, wild born member of the San Mateo Pack, has been involved in three confirmed depredation incidents involving three cows in New Mexico.  This removal order applies to M796 only, and not to other members of the San Mateo pack.

Whenever an alleged livestock kill occurs, a member of the Mexican Wolf Reintroduction Project's Interagency Field Team investigates.  The agent uses a combination of necropsy techniques (e.g., bite marks, subcutaneous hemorrhaging) and presence of sign (tracks, hair, scat) to determine if there was wolf involvement.  If a wolf is involved, the examination results in a confirmed, probable or possible conclusion.  The difference between 'probable' and 'possible' determinations relies on the preponderance of evidence and professional judgment.  

In the nonessential experimental population rule governing the reintroduction project, permanent removal (including lethal take) is one of the tools to resolve livestock depredation problems when a wolf has been involved in three or more confirmed depredation incidents.  Wolves captured in accordance with a permanent removal order are not eligible for re-release in Arizona or New Mexico.

As are all Mexican wolves reintroduced under the Mexican Wolf Reintroduction Project, M796, is part of a nonessential, experimental population.  This designation allows flexibility for managing wolves in conflict situations, including lethal take.

The reintroduction of the Mexican wolf is a cooperative, multi-agency effort of the Arizona Game and Fish Department, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, White Mountain Apache Tribe, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA Forest Service and USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service - Wildlife Services.


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses 545 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resources offices and 81 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign and Native American tribal governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Assistance program, which distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.  Visit the Service's website at



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