Gray Wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains

From:               Gray Wolf Recovery Coordinator, Helena, MT 8/25/06
Subject:            Status of Gray Wolf Recovery, Week of 8/21/06 to 8/25/06

NEW WEB ADDRESS- The 2006 annual interagency wolf report [covering all 2005] can be viewed at htt://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 information.

Monitoring

Wolf management specialists from the MTFWP wolf program and 2 Wyoming wolf technicians attended a 3-day MTFWP Department drug/handling workshop in Bozeman, Montana.

Michael Lucid attempted to capture wolves in the Big Buck and Calderwood Packs but was unable to catch up to them after flying their locations on 8/21/06.

Paul Frame has been attempting to capture wolves in an uncollared pack near Granddad Bridge near Dworshak Reservoir.

Carter Niemeyer, Steve Nadeau, and volunteer Jenny Niemeyer, along with Jim Caswell and Jeff Allen (Governor’s staff) and Calli Daly (Sen. Craig’s staff) discussed wolf management issues and trapped/collared 2 sub-adult wolves northeast of Idaho City on Thursday in the Timberline Pack Territory.

Control

On 8/23/06, the 45-day control window closed for the calf depredation near Dean, Montana. No wolves were trapped for the collar and release operations and no sign was turned up in the area by FWP and WS.

Jason Husseman worked with Wildlife Services on 8/24/06 to investigate reports of the Morgan Creek Pack killing cattle. Cattle and wolves were found close together but no dead cattle were located. The ranchers were informed about the State’s compensation program  and the 10j rule.

On 8/23/06, W.S confirmed 13 calves killed by wolves near the Prospect Mountains, near Farson, Wyoming. W.S. believes that only a few wolves were involved in the depredation. Control ahs been ongoing in the area since earlier this summer when wolves killed several sheep. Control will continue as W.S. attempts to remove wolves from the area.

On 23/06, W.S. confirmed a calf killed by wolves near Cora, Wyoming. Over the last several years, wolves have chronically killed cattle in this area. W.S. will remove 2 wolves.

On 8/26/06, W.S. killed an adult male wolf in the Upper Green River basin. At least 18 calves have been killed by wolves this summer. To date, 4 adult and 4 sub-adult wolves have been removed. W.S will attempt to remove the last radio collared male wolf  this week.

Research

On 8/21/06, Jimenez met with WYGF and University of Wyoming Coop personnel to review a proposed elk study east of Yellowstone Park near Cody, Wyoming.

I & E

Sime, Trapp, and A. Dood attended the Montana Wildlife Services annual meeting on 8/22/06 and 8/23/06. Dood gave an overview of endangered/threatened species in Montana. Sime/Trapp gave an update on the Montana wolf program. Trapp reviewed a recently completed Tracking Guide for Wolves to assure consistency in how agencies measure and identify wolf tracks and sign.