Like most wolf packs in the Gila that are small, the Middle Fork pack is comprised of the alpha male (AM871) and the alpha female (AF861). We believe these two survivors will benefit from the recognition afforded them by having names.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service currently refers to these two animals as “AM871” and “AF861. Since time immemorial, humans have named wolves; people have named wolves out of respect and even out of fear. We name them to honor their individual identity and transcendent spirits. Their perseverance and endurance should be recognized with inspirational names rather than by sterile numbers.
WildEarth Guardians offers this chance to name two iconic wolves in the West. These two formed a pack in 2006 and have been carving out a living ever since. They have bred for the last two years, although unfortunately as is the case throughout the Gila, puppy mortality has been high.
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