With the onset of the 2012 breeding season sightings, close encounters and home encounters have created a difficult situation for managers of the Mexican wolf program and they are not getting much slack from local governments and citizens.
In December the program issued it’s first lethal control order after a female wolf with a long track record of livestock depredations and human habitation was found circling a private home at regular intervals where small children were exposed to her close presence. The same wolf had birthed a litter of hybrid pups the prior spring and FWS are still on the lookout for the one Mexican wolf hybrid that got away. They haven’t found it presumably it will add to the genetic mix that is the rare Mexican wolf. The remarkable thing about this control action is the fact that despite dozens of human safety encounters since the beginning of the program many of which involved their attraction to children, this was the first time the agency admitted lethal control was warranted for human safety reasons.
The encounters with wolves did not end after AF 1105 was removed from the picture. Despite the claims from radical environmental organizations that the wolf was merely lonely and only needed to find a male. They also claimed that there weren’t enough male wolves in the wild for her to mate with, The next three encounters at homes and highways were with male wolves looking for a mate in the same region as AF 1105.
The photo’s in the attached gallery show these animals are clearly in the vicinity of people and they are also in the area where pairing with AF 1105 was possible and feasible. Instead, they appear more interested in easy prey or a handout at a home than pairing with a female that was making herself readily available for another breeding with a ranch dog. It makes a reasonable person wonder what these big males are breeding with since they showed little interest in AF 1105 possibly coyotes it is possible as the canine DNA is nearly identical subject to family markers.
The photo’s on the highway of the large male wolf occurred when the same young mother in the AF 1105 home invasion incident stopped alongside the road to allow her 4 year old some fresh air after she was carsick. The 2 year old child still strapped in the car seat became impatient and began crying and this animal stepped out of the woods and approached the woman and her children. She was able to put the sick child back in the car and get herself in the car with about 20 feet between herself and this enormous animal. But the fact is, this wolf was intent on stalking her, and her children were calling it into the scene with their normal if distressed behavior.
These are her words. Words that will be torn apart by extremist activists who do not live among and often have never even seen these animals outside of a zoo.
Crystal’s Wolf Encounter
Saturday January 28, 2012
I was traveling east on Hwy 59 with my 2 young daughters in the car when my oldest, who frequently gets carsick, demanded a quick roadside stop. I pulled over just east of Poverty Creek and removed her from the vehicle. We walked around for several minutes so Cayden could get some fresh air after being sick on the shoulder of the road. The drivers door and back door were wide open. My 2 year old daughter, Reece, remained in the car crying hysterically to be removed from her car seat. After about a 5-6 minute stop, I loaded Cayden back in the car. I then walked around the back of the vehicle & towards my door when I saw a wolf standing in the middle of the road within 20 feet of my open car door. I ran to jump in my car & shut the door. The wolf, who had been standing still then walked up to the drivers side of my vehicle and stood a moment. Reece was still crying loudly. Using the camera feature on my phone I was able to capture several photos of the fearless behavior of this uncollared wolf. He’d pace in front of my vehicle from one side to the other, again and again. After watching each other for about 6-7 long minutes, the wolf seemed to tire of us and began to trot off to the south. As soon as I’d put the car in gear & move forward a few feet- it would quickly stop & curiously trot back to the car (the 2nd time he walked off, noticed movement, then returns to the road was captured on video recording). The standoff had now lasted roughly 12-15 minutes. Needing to get on my way, I slowly drove off. Leaving him sitting on the roadside shoulder, exactly where my 3 year old daughter had been sick just minutes before. This is the 2nd time in just over one month that a wolf has come within feet of my children.
Crystal Runyan Diamond
Crystal Diamond has suffered an unbelievable amount of slander in the local news media simply because she is in proximity of the expanding Mexican wolf population. The activists who have repeatedly attempted to destroy her credibility and reputation have deliberately avoided the factual reports on the situation that are available to them. Instead they choose to blame and attack a mom over the death of a problem habituated aggressive wolf.
The message is that this wolf was special, this wolf was presumably more special than Crystal’s small children and their safety and their freedom to exercise their rights on their own land at at their own home.
This wolf is not special. Genetically this wolf was redundant to the population of Mexican wolves, which include over 400 in captivity. Only genetically redundant wolves are legally allowed to be used in the releases on federal lands in AZ and NM dozens exactly like her exist in captivity ready to enhance the breeding pool.
It is disturbing that we are now seeing a trend from government agency personnel working within the program to promote the extremist notion that wolves on the ground are genetically special and cannot be removed or controlled. This is contrary to all scientific and policy documents and is merely evidence that not only are there close ties to the most extreme environmental advocates for wolves in the southwest. But Fish and Wildlife Service also appear to be coordinating media and strategy with those same organizations.
The behavior of the wolf population the Federal agencies in charge of it, as well as the radical wolf advocates is such that local governments in counties that contain wolves are examining their options to protect human safety in events such as those that occurred at Beaverhead and along Highway 59 and other nearby rural homes and communities. Human health and safety is something that the agencies themselves are supposed to uphold over any policy that they have concerning wolf increase but with the large number of incidents involving children in the area the counties feel they must be ready to step in and do the job the federal government is somewhat lackadaisical about doing. We don’t know what will happen if Catron county kills a wolf in a constituents yard but the majority of the small population in the county are supportive, desperately so, of the idea. It is also important to note that Crystal Diamond is certainly not the only mother in tri-county Grant, Sierra, Catron area that has had serious encounters with wolves and is forced to deal with them on a regular basis. In 2007 Mary Miller and her husband Mark were forced to witness their 8 year old running from a wolf attack on a family dog attack that occurred immediately adjacent to the child. In 2005 Carlie Gatlin was forced to walk home from a wreaked vehicle with two small children and a concussion and was followed by Luna pack their tracks overlapped hers in the snow. Her son was bleeding from a head injury her daughter was small enough to be carried. These are far from all the incidents recorded. Deliberate habituation of Mexican wolves by agency managers has ruined many of the wolves for wild behavior, making them extremely dangerous.
Megan Richardson who lives with the habituated livestock killing middle fork pack coming into her home at regular intervals has to wonder if the sounds her small baby son makes, draws them even closer. The wolves can seen in the Game camera photo’s coming into her driveway, she puts it bluntly. “Is it going to take someone getting seriously hurt before something is done?”