Blue Range Wolf Reintroduction Project Fact Sheet for Guides Outfitters and Forest Visitors by FWSdocs

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                                              Mexican Wolf
                                              Blue Range Reintroduction Project Fact Sheet
                                              for Guides, Outfitters, and Forest Visitors

Since 1998, Mexican gray wolves           Recommendations                              You May Not Legally:
have been reintroduced into the
Apache National Forest and Fort           •     Respect posted wildlife closures.      •   Kill or injure a wolf that is in the
Apache Indian Reservation in              •     Treat wolves and other wildlife            act of killing, wounding, or biting
Arizona, and the Gila National                  with respect.                              your cattle, sheep, horses,
Forest in New Mexico.                     •     Never feed a wild animal.                  mules, or burros on public land.
                                                Keep food and garbage in               •   Kill or injure a wolf just because
Mexican wolves are protected under              airtight containers.                       it is near you or your property.
the Endangered Species Act. Care          •     Dispose of gray water per              •   Kill or injure a wolf that attacks
should be exercised when hunting or             camping regulations and only               your pet (including working and
trapping in wolf recovery areas to              in designated areas.                       hunting dogs), regardless of land
avoid killing or injuring a Mexican       •     Keep dogs under control at all             ownership (private, tribal,
wolf. Hunters must be sure of their             times and leashed when possible.           or public).
target. Bear and lion hunters using       •     Should you hear or see wolves          •   Kill or injure a wolf feeding on
hound dogs should exercise caution              near your camp, contain dogs in            dead livestock.
when hunting in wolf-occupied areas             tent or vehicle if possible and        •   Enter official closures around
and are advised to contact the                  harass wolves away if necessary.           occupied wolf release pens, active
Mexican Wolf Interagency                                                                   dens, and rendezvous sites.
Field Team at 928/339-4329 or
                                          You May Legally:                             •   Shoot a wolf because you
1-888/459-9653 to obtain recent wolf      •     Harass a wolf away from you                thought it was a coyote or
location information. Forest visitors           and your property without                  something else (you are
hiking or camping with dogs should              injuring it, but you must report           responsible for identifying your
also exercise caution, as wolves will           it within 7 days.                          target before shooting).
treat dogs as interlopers and can kill    •     Kill or injure a wolf that is in the   •   Attempt to do any of the above
or injure them.                                 act of killing, wounding, or biting        actions or solicit someone else
                                                your cattle, sheep, horses, mules,         to do them.
To report wolf sightings, incidents, or         or burros on your private or
encounters, call the 24-hour Mexican                                                   Violations of the above rules may be
                                                tribal land, but you must report it
Wolf number at 1-888/459-9653, or the                                                  subject to prosecution. Criminal
                                                within 24 hours.
Arizona Game and Fish Department’s                                                     penalties may include imprisonment
                                          •     Kill, injure, or harass a wolf in
24-hour dispatch (Operation Game                                                       of not more than one year, and a
                                                defense of human life, but you
Thief) at 1-800/352-0700.                                                              fine of up to $50,000 and/or a civil
                                                must report it within 24 hours.
                                                                                       penalty of up to $25,000.

                                                                                       For more information on the
                                                                                       Mexican wolf program, contact
                                                                                       the Interagency Field Team at
                                                                                       928/339-4329 or 1-888/459-9653;
                                                                                       the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
                                                                                       at 505/346-2525; the Arizona
                                                                                       Game and Fish Department at
                                                                                       928/367-4281; the New Mexico
                                                                                       Department of Game and Fish at
                                                                                       505/476-8101; Fort Apache Indian
                                                                                       Reservation at 928/338-4385;
                                                                                       Wildlife Services at 866/487-3297;
                                                                                       or visit http://mexicanwolf.fws.gov
                                                                                       or http://azgfd.gov/wolf.

                                                                                                     March 2006

								
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