Arizona Wild Fires hit Endangered Species Hard

The largest wildfire in Arizona history has done some damage on endangered species. Fortunately 3 packs of Mexican gray wolves were spared by the flames. The Mexican spotted owls were not as lucky as some of the species were killed by the wildfires that blackened the forest and destroyed more than thirty homes. This wildfire spread through more than a half million areas on the New Mexico border.
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The three gray wolf packs were in the Apache-Sitgreaves area when the fire broke out on May 29th. At the time the fire broke out, all of the packs had pups. At this time two of the packs with their pups have been seen moving around according to the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Three of the adults of the 3rd pack are alive because of the information on their radio collars but no status is known on their pups. This third pack is still in an area the crews could not go into.

This fire, which is sixty seven percent contained, was a crown fire and is the greatest reasons for birds dying in overgrown forests. This particular fire burned out seventy three nesting areas that are protected. In the entire two point one million acre forest, there were only one hundred forty five protected nest sites. The mortality rate was more toward the eggs or baby birds but most likely limited among the adult spotted Mexican owls.

Other endangered species included snails, fish, and frogs.

Wildfires take ecological toll
News Sentinel, on Fri, 24 Jun 2011 07:14:22 -0700

For many Arizona desert dwellers, the mountains provided an escape from the heat for generations. The Wallow fire was 67 percent contained by Thursday night but still slowly growing on the south and southeast flanks. Two other major fires are burning 

 

Endangered species hit hard by historic Ariz. fire
Colorado Springs Gazette, on Fri, 24 Jun 2011 06:55:47 -0700

The fire destroyed 32 homes and four rental cabins. The charred skeletons of vacation homes are physical reminders of disrupted lives and bygone memories. For many Arizona desert dwellers, the mountains provided an escape from the heat for generations. 

 

Endangered species hit hard by big Wallow fire
KTAR.com, on Fri, 24 Jun 2011 06:01:42 -0700

For many Arizona desert dwellers, the mountains provided an escape from the heat for generations. The Wallow fire was 67 percent contained by Thursday night but still slowly growing on the south and southeast flanks. Two other major fires are burning