From: Gray Wolf Recovery Coordinator, Helena, MT 12/29/06
Subject: Status of Gray Wolf Recovery, Weeks of 12/15 to 12/29 2006
HAPPY NEW YEAR
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. The interagency 2006 annual wolf report should be completed by March 1, 2007. It will follow the same format as last year which was the state reports by Montana and Idaho, the FWS/NPS report for Wyoming and a summary of other multi-state issues by the FWS, concluding with tables and maps by both state and recovery area.
MonitoringTrapp [MFWP] investigated locations reported to have wolf activity near White Sulphur Springs, the Boulder drainage, and Red Lodge area on Dec 6, 7, 8, and 15. No definitive wolf sign found. IDFG staff continues to fly and attempt to get quality aerial counts of radio collared packs across the state.
On Dec. 23rd, a landowner in the Superior, MT area reported wolves frequenting the area around their house and on the 25th reported an injured dog found in their barn. They took it to a vet in Missoula and the vet documented large canid puncture wounds consistent with a wolf attack. The dog will survive but the landowners are still looking for the owner of the dog.
A landowner in the Sula, MT area reported consistent wolf activity around his house and cattle and saw 1 wolf chasing one of his yearlings last week. He was advised of the 10j rules and MFWP will be issuing him rubber bullets and cracker shells to help haze the wolves out his pasture.
MT WS investigated a report of a possible wolf depredation of a horse near Roscoe, MT on the 29th. Wolf tracks were found in the general vicinity but examination of the horse carcass determined that the horse died from causes other than predation.
On the 20th, ID WS removed of two members of the Gold Fork Pack by helicopter aerial gunning E. of Cascade, ID. The control action took place because of repeated depredations on cattle and sheep throughout the year, the most recent occurring in November. The adult, gray male's carcass was delivered to IDFG in McCall, ID. The carcass of the second wolf, an adult, gray female (B-130), that was salvaged later because of thin ice on a nearby creek, was also turned over to IDFG. Control took place on private land.
Literature FYI- Stronen, A.V., R.K. Brook, P. C. Paquet, and S. Mclachlan. 2007. Farmer attitudes toward wolves: Implications for the role of predators in managing disease. Biological Conservation 135:1-10. AND Smith, B.L., E.S. Williams, K.C. McFarland, T.L. McDonald, G. Wang, and T.D. Moore. Neonatal mortality of elk in Wyoming: Environmental, population, and predator effects. U.S. Department of Interior, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Biological Technical Publication, BTP-R6007-2006, Washington D.C.
Information and Education and Law Enforcement
Idaho wolf managers and agency representatives met in Boise, ID on Dec. 20 to review status and management of wolves and discuss coordination, delisting, and other issues.
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