U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

NEWS RELEASE


U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
134 UNION BOULEVARD
LAKEWOOD, COLORADO 80228

June 17, 1996

Michael Smith 303-236-7905
Sharon Rose 303-236-7905

TWO WOLVES FROM NEZ PERCE PACK MOVED BACK INTO PARK

Early today a Fish and Wildlife Service biologist darted and moved two wolves from the Nez Perce pack that were in the Paradise Valley area, approximately 30 miles north of Gardiner, Montana. The yearling wolves, a male and a female, had been seen in and around cattle, by local ranchers. The two wolves were moved back into Yellowstone National Park and placed in the Rose Creek acclimation pen for relocation in the near future. Park biologists will determine when and where.

The Nez Perce pack was originally released from their acclimation pen on April 2, 1996. At this time, and unlike any of the other packs, the pack immediately dispersed, appearing to lose the pack unity that biologists had seen in other packs reintroduced in the Park. The two males were traveling in an area that included several cattle operations and not a prime area for wolf populations to inhabit.

Biologists believe that at this stage in the wolf recovery program intensive hands on management of the animals is required. They believe these early actions of moving wolves into prime habitat in and around Yellowstone National Park will contribute to the animals recovery.


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