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 7/10/2006 to 7/14/2006

 

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.

Monitoring

On 7/7/06, Liz Bradley and Stacy Courville (Confederated Salish-Kootenai Tribal biologist) captured and collared a yearling female wolf on the reservation south of Dixon. On 7/9/06, they collared another yearling female and a 20 lb pup which was pit tagged and released. This new pack is believed to consist of 5 adults and an unknown number of pups and will be called the Hewolf Mountain Pack.

On 7/8/06, USFWS volunteers caught a grizzly bear cub in a routine wolf trapping effort near Dubois, Wyoming. WYGF biologists were contacted and the bear cub was released unharmed.

Laudon and Derbridge are trapping to radio collar wolves in a new pack in the Pinkham Creek drainage (west of Eureka). Payne and Whitehead are surveying the former Grave Creek Pack area (east of Eureka) for wolves.

Michael Lucid confirmed reproduction in the Soldier Mountain Pack by getting multiple pups to howl. He was unable to obtain a visual. He also found tracks of pups associated with the packer John Pack, but was unable to confirm reproduction.

Control

On 7/7/06, a yearling steer was confirmed killed on private property by wolves in the East Fork of the Bitterroot. On 7/8/06, one calf was confirmed killed and 2 other calves were injured on an adjoining state lease. Two wolves are collared in this pack which consists of approximately 5 adults and 5 pups. Control was authorized to kill 2 adult wolves and shoot-on-site permits were issued to the affected livestock producers. Control was completed on 7/11/06 and shoot-on-site permits were cancelled. Earlier in May, this pack killed a yearling steer and a dog. One wolf was taken under the 10j rule at that time.

On 7/12/06, control was completed when 2 wolves (1 yearling female and 1 adult male) in the Absaroka Pack were removed after 5 calves were killed by wolves.

On 7/11/06, 2 wolves were removed from the South Fork Pack after wolves killed 3 calves. WS confirmed a 4th dead calf on 7/13/06. Control is ongonig.

On 7/2/06, WS confirmed a calf killed by wolves near Union Pass/Upper Green River drainage. On 7/8/06, a second calf was killed and on 7/11/06, a third calf was killed. WS removed one of the 3 adult wolves in the Green River Pack.

On 7/10/06, ID WS confirmed that wolves from the Blue Bunch Pack killed 5 lambs and injured another 3 lambs on private land SW of McCall. Traps have been set with the intention of lethally removing up to two wolves, with the exception of the alpha female (the only collared member of the pack).

On 7/14/06, ID WS confirmed that wolves from the Copper Basin Pack killed a calf and injured another calf on public land near Mackay. An unsuccessful aerial hunting flight was performed that morning. Traps have been set with the intention of lethally removing up to two wolves. More aerial hunts are likely to take place in the upcoming week to remove the target animals.

Information and Education and Law Enforcement

On 7/10/06, Jimenez spoke to WS personnel at their western district meeting in Lander, WY.

On 7/6/06, the USFWS met with Idaho’s Office of Species Conservation and Department of Fish and Game in Boise to discuss the State’s proposal to control wolves in the Lolo Elk Management Unit. The Service intends to continue dialogue with the State regarding their proposal and will continue analysis of new and existing data. No specific time line has been set for a decision.

On 7/12/06, Justin Mann represented ID WS at a meeting with concerned citizens at the Nez Perce National Forest Office in Grangeville. Curt Mack from the Nez Perce Tribe participated as well as Steve Nadeau (IDGF) via telephone.

 

The Service's weekly wolf report can be viewed 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