Gray Wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains
Mountain-Prairie Region

Gray Wolf Recovery Status Report

From: Gray Wolf Recovery Coordinator, Helena, MT 1/18/2008

Subject: Status of Gray Wolf Recovery, Week of 1/11/08 to1/18/08

NEW WEB ADDRESS- The 2007 annual interagency wolf report [covering all 2006] can be viewed at westerngraywolf.fws.gov/annualreports.htm. The 2008 report will be available by March 1, 2008.

Monitoring

Holyan [NPT] was able to complete flights out of McCall, ID and obtained visuals on most packs. The Stolle Meadows pack was located outside of their territory on the outskirts of McCall; 7 gray wolves seen. Mack [NPT] still unable to fly the northern reaches of the NPT's area of responsibility in ID because of poor weather.

Control

On the 16th, a ID WS aircrew was able to shoot and kill a gray wolf from the Buffalo Ridge pack along the East Fork of the Salmon River near Clayton. This pack has been implicated in several depredations on cattle over the last few months.

Research

Wolf capture in Yellowstone began and on the 17th, 3 wolves in the Leopold pack were collared-1 female pup, 1 male pup, and 1 female yearling. Efforts will continue as weather allows. The annual northern range elk survey is the highest priority but flying poor weather has prevented it from being conducted so far, but efforts are continuing.

Dave Ausband and Teresa Loya (UM) recently field tested the "howlbox". The howlbox is an automated device that broadcasts a wolf howl, records possible responses, and then enters a sleep mode until the next scheduled broadcast. They received multiple responses from wolves in the Bitterroot Mountains over several days of testing. This device could be particularly useful for detecting wolves in roadless areas. Efforts are underway to obtain funding for a broad-scale field test this coming summer.

Information and Education and Law Enforcement

JOB! - MFWP is recruiting to fill one of its wolf specialist positions. Applications due by February 4. See http://statejobs.mt.gov/pls/mjs/MJS0110W.QueryView?P_EMPR_ID_SEQ=2082&P_JORD_APPL_SEQ=269 . (FWP website under employment).

On the 15th, Laudon [MFWP] met with livestock producers and U.S. Forest Service representatives from the Kootenai NF about the Pinkham Creek allotment and the Lydia pack. They brainstormed strategies about how to reconfigure grazing allotments and timing of grazing seasons to decrease the potential for losses. About 20 people participated.

On the 17th, Doug Hansen from ID WS spoke to about 150 cattlemen about wolf depredations on livestock at the annual Weiser River Cattlemen meeting in Midvale, ID.

Steve Nadeau, Jason Husseman, Michael Lucid, Brent Thomas (IDFG), Curt Mack and Jim Holyan (NPT) met on the 15th to review end of year population counts and estimates. IDFG and NPT biologists are wrapping up the end of year pack counts from the air. Due to poor weather, flying in December and early January has been tenuous.

Steve Nadeau gave a presentation to the IDFG Commission on the 17th on 2007 population status and a summary of comments received on the draft Idaho Wolf Population Management Plan.

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

Last updated: March 11, 2010