Raising Children Among Wolves

By: GPK Media

BEAVERHEAD RANCH On April 26, 2013, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) re-released two problem wolves just a short distance from our ranch at Beaverhead. These troublesome wolves had been temporarily removed from the wild after numerous accounts of human encounters and livestock depredations. The male, 1133, was captured near Reserve, NM after numerous reports of loitering around neighborhood homes and other heavily populated areas. The female of the pair and I share some history together. Female 1108 is a member of the Aspen Pack, born at Taylor Creek just ΒΌ mile from our private property which offered the only source of water in the area. In fact, during a routine cattle check in 2007, my husband was the first to discover and report the existence of the Aspen Pack den to USFWS. Area residents were already quite familiar with the pack. Earlier that year a terrified 8-year-old stood 20 yards from an Aspen wolf as it attacked and killed her hound dog. The pack later returned to their Catron County home to kill her horse. . That summer we……