Mexican wolf recovery topic of Dec. 14 SALT Speakers Series

Kent Laudon of the Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Program.

Kent Laudon of the Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Program. (Submitted photo)

Did Mexican Wolves once roam the Superstitions? Might they do so in the future? An overview and update of the Mexican wolf recovery effort will be presented by Field Team Leader Kent Laudon of the Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Program at a presentation in the Superstition Area Land Trust Speakers Series “The Superstitions: Part of the Whole.”

The talk at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14 in Room B-117 of the Apache Junction Multi-Generational Center, 1035 N. Idaho Road in Apache Junction, will be geared to a general audience and is free and open to the public. The series is co-sponsored by the SALT and the Apache Junction Parks and Recreation Department. Talks will be held on most second and fourth Wednesdays from through April.

Kent will discuss everything from recovery efforts to field techniques to the wolves themselves, including wolf ecology, predator/prey relationships, livestock interactions and population demographics.

While Mr. Laudon has been with the Mexican Wolf program since June 2015 (based in Alpine, Arizona), he has worked with wolves for a long time. In 2004-15, he was the NW-area wolf biologist for the state of Montana. In 1997-04 he was a wolf biologist in Idaho after the reintroduction of wolves to Idaho and Yellowstone National Park in 1995-96. He has been a field biologist working on wolves, mountain lions, black bears, elk, mule deer, spotted owls and more for 26 years.
For a preview of the Mexican wolf recovery program, go to http://www.fws.gov/southwest/es/mexicanwolf/.

SALT is a 501(c)3 nonprofit whose mission is to conserve the natural Sonoran Desert open spaces surrounding the Superstition Wilderness Area for this and future generations.

Editor’s note: Charlie and Becky Goff are SALT Education Committee co-chairs.

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