Gray Wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains

From: Gray Wolf Recovery Coordinator, Helena, MT 7/07/06

Subject: Status of Gray Wolf Recovery, Week of 6/30 to 7/07, 2006

Monitoring

NEW WEB ADDRESS- The 2006 annual interagency wolf report [covering all 2005] can be viewed at http://westerngraywolf.fws.gov/annualreports.htm . It has maps of wolf pack locations and home ranges, tables of wolf numbers and depredations, discussions of litigation and funding issues, summaries of scientific studies, an extensive bibliography, and additional informational.

Michael Lucid verified 4 gray pups in the Calderwood Pack. He also found pup activity in the Warm Springs Pack but wasn’t able to verify numbers.

Paul Frame has been working with the Calder Mountain Pack north of Sandpoint and verified 4 gray pups but has yet to place a collar in the pack. This trapping operation is on foot several miles from the trail head.

Carter Niemeyer trapped the Bimerick Meadows area unsuccessfully and returned to the Warm Lake area with volunteers from France. The French group is doing a documentary on wolf management in Idaho. They also interviewed several ranches in the area.

Steve Nadeau worked with Carter and the Frenchmen near Bimerick meadows and near Warm Lake. Steve and Jim Unsworth met with USFWS and the governor’s office on July 6 to discuss the status of the Clearwater elk and wolf proposal.

In response to a livestock depredation last week, WS specialist Rod Merrell trapped and collared 2 adult male wolves near Cora, WY. These wolves belong to the new Black Butte Pack consisting of 5 adults plus pups.

USFWS volunteers confirmed 4 pups and 2 adults in the Gros Ventre Pack near Jackson, WY. Ten pups were confirmed in the Buffalo Pack. This spring, the USFWS has confirmed at least 15 packs in Wyoming outside Yellowstone Park. Twelve packs have produced pups and 3 other packs are suspected to have produced pups.

Jimenez and USFWS volunteers investigated a mortality signal from a Teton Pack wolf located on the National Elk Refuge. Volunteers retrieved a collar that had been chewed off by other pack members.

Control

Last week Jason Husseman worked with WS on the depredation in Stanley by providing nonlethal management on a new wolf pack located there last week. Jason also worked on the Galena and Yankee Fork Packs with no success.

On 7/1/06, ID WS confirmed that wolves had attacked and injured a calf on private land East of Grangeville, ID. The property is within the range of the O'Hara Point Pack. Since the livestock have been moved from the area and no carcass was available to attract wolves back to the area, no traps were set.

On 7/4/06, ID WS investigated a complaint that a wolf killed a lamb on private land near Cambridge. WS concluded that the animal’s death was not predator related.

On 7/6/06, ID WS investigated a complaint that wolves from the Florence Pack attacked and killed 10 sheep on the Nez Perce National Forest near Riggins. WS was able to confirm that a black bear was responsible for the depredation and wolves were not involved.

On 7/1/06, WS confirmed a third calf killed by wolves west of Cody. WS was authorized to remove 2 wolves from the South Fork Pack.

On 7/1/06, WS confirmed a calf killed by a wolf in Dempsey Basin near Kemmerer, WY. The depredating wolf will be removed.

On 7/1/06, WS confirmed another sheep killed by a wolf (wolves?) in the Big Horn Mountains. Based on sighting reports, 1-2 wolves are in the immediate area. To date, at least 7 ewes and 3 lambs have been killed. Control is ongoing to remove wolves.

On 7/2/06, WS confirmed a calf killed near Union Pass/Upper Green River drainage. On 7/8/06, a second calf was killed by wolves in the same area. WS was authorized to remove one of the 3 adult wolves from the Green River Pack.

Information and Education and Law Enforcement

On 7/7/06, Rick Williamson (USDA WS), Steve Nadeau (IDGF), Mike Jimenez (USFWS), along with officials from IDGF, ID State Lands, U.S. Forest Service, BLM, and USDA took part in a trail ride with U.S. Representative Butch Otter in Copper Basin, Wolf management, livestock depredation control, and brucellosis issues were discussed.

The Service's weekly wolf report can be viewed at 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