Gray Wolves Under Siege, Especially Mexican Grays!!

Gray wolves are under siege and the most vulnerable population, struggling for survival, are the Mexican gray wolves. They’ve been decimated by poachers this year.  Their Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area is teaming with cattle. It’s heartbreaking.

A letter to the editor of the,  by the Director of the Grand Canyon Wildlands Council, pretty much says it all.

Arizona’s wolves need a break 

Posted: Monday, December 20, 2010 5:00 am


2010 A Deadly Year for Mexican Grays:

Poachers Beneath Contempt: ANOTHER Mexican Gray Wolf Found DEAD!!

July 16, 2010


Poachers Tracking Mexican Grays With Radio Receivers?

July 17, 2010


Poachers take out another of the rarest wolves in the world: Lobo poached

July 19th 2010


Reward Offered in Another Endangered Mexican Wolf Killing

Third wolf found dead in region this summer

July 30, 2010


Arizona Tribe Offers Tours to See the Endangered Mexican Gray Wolves Ranchers Are Poaching


Another Tragic Loss for Mexican Gray Wolves, Something MUST Be Done!!

October 27, 2010 



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Posted in: Mexican gray wolf, Wolf Wars

Tags: gray wolf, canis lupus bailey, Endangered Species, Arizona,  New Mexico

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  1. This is Wrong! What About The Fish And Game,Why are They Letting this happen. I am calling John Oakleaf Tomorrow To Find out what Is Up. I spoke to him today And This was not Supposed to Happen, his cell number is 928-245-1910,az cattelmens assc. tucson az. Craig miller 520-623-9653. If i can help let me know ok.anna


    • You are amazing anna. Keep up the good work. That’s what we need to do, call these people and let them know we want the Mexican gray wolf recovered. The entire program has been a failure. In twelve years we are down to 36 wolves in the wild. They haven’t come close to meeting any recovery goals and are still allowing cattle to graze in the Gila and other parts of the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area. They are not abiding by Gov. Richardsons ban on trapping. The poachers are picking off the collared wolves. The entire program needs a serious makeover. Wolves should be released into Grand Canyon National Park where there are no cows and prey is plentiful. We are going to lose the Mexican gray wolf if something isn’t done and soon.



      • Nabeki, have you contacted the Center for Biological Diversity and suggested the solution to moving them to the Grand Canyon? Why can’t our government ever, ever do anything that makes sense?


      • SCWG…..I did talk to them about it several months ago . I think people are looking for options. It’s the bureaucracy that’s so slow and cumbersome. It seems things move in slow motion. Something needs to be done because the wolves’ recovery area is turning into a death trap for them. They need an alternative and I think GCNP is a very good one.



  2. The collars are doing more harm than good. It is obvious, given the rarity of the animals within a relatively large area both in the SW and in the north that those who kill wolves are using the collars to track them. Taking back the receivers handed out is probably bolting the door after the horse has fled. The collars use pretty much off-the-shelf technology. It’s basically a GPS receiver (to get a triangulation fix from GPS satellites), a radio transmitter (to transmit the data back to a base station, or anyone else listening in) and a battery pack to power it (they are not usually solar powered, to my surprise). As you can imagine, anyone anyone with a frequency scanner would be able to access this data, and decryption (if it’s even encrypted) would be broken, it’s only a matter of time (literally – automated software can do this for you, just leave it on overnight to work on it). If a hacker of the system had access to an “official” receiver to work from, then his/her job would be even easier. I am 99% confident this is already, and has long been, the case, as any intelligent rancher would have figured that they can benefit directly and indirectly by hacking the system, and selling the frequencies and encryption keys (if any) to others. I see two solutions to this problem:

    1. Introduce completely new encryption and security protocols for the transmission of collar data, and hope it isn’t hacked too quickly. Ideally with a secure handhsaking protocol prior to transmission of data, which itself should be properly encrypted.

    2. Fit new collars with a “dead mode”. The collar is fitted with pulse and movement monitoring. When the wolf’s pulse and movement both stops suddenly, the collar immediately activates a “death mode” attempting to altert authorities to a potential poach/kill situation:

    * The collar transmits an emergency signal on both encrypted and public frequencies, altering law enforcement to a potential poaching, and giving less chance for the wolf killers to escape.

    * the collar emits a high volume, high pitch personal alarm like sound, to scare away any other wildlife nearby (reducing chances of further kills) and also make it unbearable for the poacher to approach the body, as well as draw the attention of anyone who may be in the vicinity.

    * A dye pack. When the collar is tempered with (ie. a poachers attempts to remove it to skin the wolf, or random killer does so to silence the alarm) it trips an explosive dye pack, ruining the pelt of the wolf, and covering the killer in dye, aiding criminal identification.

    * Electric discharge. If tampered with in death mode, releases a high power electric shock to physically disable the criminal.

    Ideally, one combined with two. The question is not really one of technology (though careful design would be needed to ensure the collar doesn’t enter into a “death mode” in cases of natural death), but does the government really want to prevent de-facto public access tracking system? Ranchers and the poachers/random killers are the same interest groups when it comes to it. They all stand to benefit from the death of wolves, and as often as not they are actually the same people. And, at the end of the day, whose side is the government agency responsible for the protection of wolves actually on? The wolves, or the ranchers/hunters/trappers/poachers/miscellaneous scum? Mech seems to think using radio collars to track down, kill and skin wolves would be ideal, if only the morals held by other people would let them do it.

    With “friends” like that, it’s much harder to work out who can be trusted the data than it is to work out how to physically protect it in the first place.


    • Excellent analysis Neb. I’m not sure what the answer to the problem is but I think the collars are too dangerous for wolves not only in the Southwest but anywhere they live. As you said it’s pretty easy to hack their coordinates. It’s obvious after all the Mexican gray wolves poached in the SW this year that poachers are tracking those wolves by their collars. The Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area is vast and it would be almost impossible to find the wolves so easily any other way. Collars are a death sentence for them. There has to be another way to keep track of them without giving poachers a roadmap to their location. Any technology that uses a tracking signal is going to be open to misuse.

      As for Mech, I don’t think he expected this reaction. It’s amazing to me he thought he could throw it out there in such detail and people wouldn’t respond??



      • Hi Nabeki,

        I suspect Mech *IS* hoping to get a response, just not from us. The article is clearly and explicitly aimed at pro-hunt legislators. I suspect he is hoping to secure a leading role in shaping pro-hunt policy by firing the opening salvos. Wether or not that is for the advancement of his own career, or out of a concern for wolves is anyone’s guess, but IMHO, anyone who advocates killing their pups is hardly an ally to their cause. I would have liked to think he wrote the article to try and set some kind of ethical compass for wolf “management” (slaughter), but it’s more like an ethical limbo contest.


      • You know you just might be right Neb. That article would certainly appeal to the anti-wolf crowd. They already quote him on past remarks he’s made. Whatever his motives it did not look good for the IWC. I’m sure they have taken major heat over it from their membership and other wolf advocates.



    • Neb……thanks for your informative comments. Please keep them coming.


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