From: Gray Wolf Recovery Coordinator, Helena, MT 10/27/06
Subject: Status of Gray Wolf Recovery, Week of 10/30/2006 to 11/03/2006
NEW WEB ADDRESS- The 2006 annual interagency wolf report [covering all 2005] can be viewed at http://westerngraywolf.fws.gov/annualreports.html. 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.
No news reported.
On 10/31/06, Wyoming W.S. confirmed a 6th calf killed by the Goose Berry Pack, west of Meeteetse, WY. On 11/1/06, W.S. removed an adult gray male wolf near the depredation site. Livestock will be moving off this grazing area and the big game hunting season in this area is now open. We do not anticipate any additional depredations and control is complete.
On 10/27/06, ID WS confirmed that a wolf killed a ewe on private land near Leadore, ID. Control efforts are underway to lethally remove one wolf.
On the 11/01/06, MT WS received reports of large canid tracks from 2 different landowners in the Garfield/McCone county area of Eastern Montana who had confirmed depredations dating back to December 2005. WS confirmed that these tracks matched those measured at earlier depredation sites. FWP authorized WS to remove the wolf or wolf-like hybrid after considering the recent history of depredations, the amount of damage caused, previous efforts at lethal control were unsuccessful, and that tracks were found on the same ranches as previous depredations. On the 2nd, a 106-pound male was killed on private property where 2 of the eight previous depredations occurred. It appeared to be alone.
Information and Education and Law Enforcement
On 10/30/06, Jimenez spoke to approx. 40 students of the Colorado State University student chapter of the TWS in Fort Collins, Colorado.
The University of Wyoming, WYG&F, and USFWS will begin 2 research projects this winter. Argos GPS collars will be placed on elk and wolves to investigate elk movement patterns and habitat selection. Wolf/livestock interactions will be examined on private and public land.
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