Mexican Wolves Hanging Out In Alpine (Prime Canyon Pack) goo.gl/wH5BdD
ALPINE — A pair of young Mexican gray wolves living in the Alpine area were seen on the edge of town last week, prompting a response from the Mexican Gray Wolf Interagency Field Team.
The wolves, a collared female and a collared male, joined up earlier this spring and have been dubbed the Prime Canyon Pack. The pair has not yet produced any pups, according to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials. Sherry Barrett, Mexican wolf recovery coordinator for USFWS, said the wolves are in the area because elk are also hanging out near the town of Alpine. “There have been a couple of instances where the male is not showing fear of humans,” Barrett said.
The pair of wolves has not attacked pets or livestock, or shown any aggressive behavior, Barrett said. Wolf managers want to condition the wolves to have a fear of humans and to keep their distance — it’s called avoidance behavior.
On June 8, responding to the concerns of area residents about the wolves’ behavior, a member of the Interagency Field Team located and hazed the male wolf. In the case of this particular wolf, the hazing appears to have worked. Barrett said the female in the Prime Canyon Pack was hazed earlier and appears to have learned her lesson as well.
Barrett said the public is welcome to report any wolf activity they find troubling.
“We appreciate the reports from the public,” she said, noting that such information can help wolf managers do a better job.
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