Thursday, May 04, 2006

Mexican wolves to be removed from Indian lands

The Hon-Dah pack of Mexican wolves is to be removed permanently from the Fort Apache Indian Reservation in Arizona. The removal is the result of the pack being directly involved in five confirmed cattle depredations and one confirmed cattle injury on Tribal lands since June 7, 2005. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued the Hon-Dah Pack permanent removal order on April 19, at the request of the tribal council.

Tribal Wildlife Services, assisted by the Interagency Field Team and USDA Wildlife Services, began trapping operations immediately. Trapping is the method of first choice for removal. If trapping fails, then lethal methods will be employed. The service has an agreement with the White Mountain Apache Tribe that allows for removal (including lethal take when circumstances dictate) of livestock depredating wolves on Fort Apache Indian Reservation.

The Hon-Dah pack was transferred to a release pen on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation on June 23, 2003. The pack's territory is exclusively within the Fort Apache Indian Reservation.

On April 20, a pack member was successfully live captured and removed to the Ladder Ranch captive breeding facility in southwestern New Mexico. Trapping efforts continue for the remaining pack members.

Locations and information relating to wolf packs occurring on tribal lands are not disclosed per an agreement with the White Mountain Apache Tribe.

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 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 http://www/fws/gov.

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