“They were big,” the witness told me, who wishes to remain anonymous. “They must have weighed 120 pounds each. Their heads were really big-kind of reminded me of a Rottweiler with the blocky head. They were brownish-blackish-tan colored. We often have bears around here, but they don’t really scare me. I threw a rock at a bear last year when it was after our chickens and it ran off. But, these…they scared me.”
The couple reported their encounter to Arizona Game & Fish – the Wolf Field Team. They were advised that if the animals attack their dogs on their (private) property they can shoot them but they can’t shoot them on federal land unless their lives (the couple’s) were threatened. They suggested they carry a weapon with them on their walks from now on. The witness expressed that now they walk the dog together, no longer alone, with a gun, with one person watching ahead and one watching the rear.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department emails an Endangered Species Update monthly to which anyone can subscribe: http://www.azgfd.gov/eservices/subscribe.shtml.
These updates on the wolves are for the Arizona and New Mexico areas. The wolves are named with “F” or “M” for female or male, plus their number. AZGFD ask you to report any wolf sightings or suspected livestock depredations to: (928) 339-4329 or toll free at (888) 459-9653.The Mogollon Rim News in interested in any sightings or updates as well. Please send your information firstname.lastname@example.org or call 928-535-4106. All callers may remain anonymous.