Gray Wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains

From: Gray Wolf Recovery Coordinator, Helena, MT 11/22/02

Subject: Status of Gray Wolf Recovery, Week of 11/15 to 11/22, 2002

Monitoring

NEW WEB ADDRESS- See http://WesternGrayWolf.fws.gov/annualreport.htm for maps of wolf pack locations and home ranges, tables of wolf numbers and depredations, and summaries of scientific studies.

A coyote trapper incidentally caught 2 gray female wolf pups in coyote sets in the northwest Paradise Valley. He immediately called WS specialist Jim Rost. Jim radio-collared and released the 2 wolves. They were in great shape. We suspect they may be from the newly discovered pack in the Wine Glass Mountain area. Radio locations are being collected to confirm that suspicion. A special thanks to the coyote trapper and Jim Rost for so quickly and professionally handling this situation. Great job!!

The Service is once again asking for help from big game hunters in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming during the big-game hunting season. Please report any sightings of wolf activity to the nearest U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, state Fish and Game Agency, Forest Service, BLM, Tribal, or USDA Wildlife Services office. We thank everyone for their cooperation.

Control

Nothing new to report.

Research

Nothing new to report.

Information and education and law enforcement

On the 17-20th, Bangs, Fontaine, Jimenez, and Niemeyer attended the Defenders of Wildlife 4th biannual Carnivore Conference in Monterey, CA. Bangs was moderator for one of the wolf sessions and gave a multi-coauthor paper on wolf restoration in the northwestern United States. About 800 people attended the conference which included papers on a wide variety of carnivores and carnivore management topics including aquatic and those outside of North America.

Wyoming released its state wolf management plan for public comment and began a series of public meetings throughout Wyoming about the plan. Contact Wyoming Game and Fish for further information at 307-777-4600 or at wgfwolf@wgf.state.wy.us

Call for papers: Papers are now being accepted for the 2003 North American Interagency Wolf Conference, April 8 - 10, 2003 at Chico Hot Springs, Pray, MT. Please submit a one page single spaced abstract which includes your full contact information, affiliations, and authors, by email to Joseph Fontaine at Joseph_Fontaine@fws.gov Topics include, but are not limited to, wolf biology and conservation, conflict management, predator and prey relationships, law enforcement, forensics, population status, state wolf management planning, national wolf reclassification and delisting, ethics, environmental education, and public outreach. Please submit a digital picture related to your research or topic to include in the agenda and on the website. We can also scan images sent by mail. Registration for the conference will begin November 1, 2002 and you may contact Suzanne Laverty at SLaverty@defenders.org for details.

The Service's weekly wolf report can now also be viewed at the Service's Region 6 web site at http://WesternGrayWolf.fws.gov   This report is government public property and can be used for any purpose. Please distribute as you see fit.

Contact: Ed Bangs (406)449-5225 x204 or Ed_Bangs@fws.gov