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Wolves Return to Deep Creek

Date
October 5, 2016
Contact
Madeleine Carey, 505-660-0161, mcarey@wildearthguardians.org
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Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Wolves Return to Deep Creek

Volunteers repair fence to manage cattle and give wolves space
Contact: Madeleine Carey, 505-660-0161, mcarey@wildearthguardians.org

Deep Creek FencingRESERVE, NM–WildEarth Guardians and fifteen volunteers spent the first weekend in Octoberin a remote corner of the Gila National Forest repairing fences on the closed Deep Creek grazing allotment. On Saturday evening and early Sunday morning, volunteerswere treated to a chorus of wolf howls from the Dark Canyon pack, who havehistorically denned on the allotment. This summer was the first time wolveshave been heard on Deep Creek since Guardians facilitated its closure in 2014.

“Thisproject was a great opportunity to partner with the Forest Service and otherconservation groups to improve resource and watershed conditions,” said theGreater Gila Guardian Madeleine Carey. “And hearing the Dark Canyon pack closedthe circle on the allotment buyout. The cows are gone, the wolves are back, andwe are making progress towards a wilder Gila.”

Deep Creek FencingVolunteersand staff from WildEarth Guardians, Defenders of Wildlife, the El Paso Zoo, andNew Mexico State University made repairs to a boundary fence that separates anactively grazed allotment from the closed Deep Creek allotment and removedhundreds of yards of old barbed wire. Wildfires, elk, cattle, and even peoplecause damage to fences, sometimes completely tearing them down. Maintaining asolid fence line is labor-intensive, but critical for managing cattle andallowing sensitive resources to recover.

“Projects like this are critical to creating coexistence betweencattle and wolves” said Michael Dax, New Mexico Outreach Representative for Defenders of Wildlife.“Multi-stakeholder collaboration is essential to the survival of the Mexicanwolf.”

TheGreater Gila Bioregion is an extraordinarily wild area, yet large portions ofit remain unprotected. A growing number of stakeholders are making the Gila aconservation priority and collaborating to protect and restore its exceptionalresources.

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“This project was a great opportunity to partner with the Forest Service and other conservation groups to improve resource and watershed conditions,” said the Greater Gila Guardian Madeleine Carey. “And hearing the Dark Canyon pack closed the circle on the allotment buyout. The cows are gone, the wolves are back, and we are making progress towards a wilder Gila.”
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