Gray Wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains
Mountain-Prairie Region

Gray Wolf Recovery Status Report

From:               Gray Wolf Recovery Coordinator, Helena, MT 2/08/2008

Subject:            Status of Gray Wolf Recovery, Week of 2/01/08 to 2/08/08

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

Monitoring

Idaho Fish and Game is in the process of conducting aerial surveys for elk, and on the 6th three wolves suspected to be from the uncollared Owl Creek pack were observed near Corn Creek.  This pack’s presence was first detected on a previous IDFG elk survey in 2005.

Control

Blackfeet biologists and MT WS confirmed wolf depredation on tribal lands on the 4th.  Mike Hoggan [WS] and Dan Carney [BT] investigated a call on the Dry Fork of the Milk River and determined wolves had killed an adult cow.  This is within a couple of miles of the Livermore Pack's den.  The rancher saw 8 wolves leave the area of the carcass in the morning.  MT WS set 2 neck snares with stops on them near the carcass with the intent of catching and collaring a pack member and then figuring out what else to do after that.  As a courtesy the Tribe notified MFWP.

On Feb. 2nd, MT WS received a report about a mangy wolf near a house with sheep in the 6-mile area of Paradise Valley, MT.  MFWP responded on Feb. 3rd and saw wolf sw113M from the Chief Joe pack on a neighbor’s property near some cattle, but the wolf was too far away to shoot.  MFWP will continue to monitor this animal and euthanize it if necessary.

On the 5th, WY WS confirmed that a wolf killed a newborn calf and a 400 lb calf on private land near La Barge, WY. One black wolf was seen at the depredation site. Several depredations (including cattle and sheep) have occurred in this area over the last 2 years. USFWS requested WS to remove the wolf or wolves present on the property.

On the 7th, WY WS confirmed a calf was killed by a lone wolf on private property west of Cody, WY.  A single mangy black wolf was killed by WS at the depredation site. The wolf was in very poor condition suffering from severe mange and injured hip.

Research

Nothing new to report.

Information and Education and Law Enforcement

JOB- Biological Science Technician, GS-0404-06, vice Deb Guernsey [who is moving on to MI and greener pastures], vacancy in Yellowstone National Park.  This vacancy is being announced under two separate announcements on the website: www.usajobs.opm.gov.  All applicants are encouraged to apply to the announcement(s) for which they are eligible.  Applicants must go to the website to read the entire announcement(s) and learn how to apply.  BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE TECHNICIAN- Open Period: Saturday, February 07, 2008  to Friday, February 20, 2008.  This vacancy is being advertised under delegated examining procedures, under announcement number YL172667, and is open to all U.S. citizens. The vacancy  is concurrently advertised under merit promotion procedures, under announcement number YL172708, for status candidates and veterans. Candidates who wish to be considered under both procedures MUST apply and submit complete application packages to both vacancies.

On the 7th, Sime, Bradley, Thompson, and Fegley [MFWP] had a meeting in Superior, MT about wolves, wolf management, and packs in the local area.  About 25 people attended.

Evening of the 8th, Doug Smith [NPS], Carolyn Sime [MFWP] participated in a panel discussion after a showing of Bill Campbell’s documentary film ‘Wolves in Paradise’ in Livingston, MT.

On the 4th & 5th, Rick Williamson from ID WS took part, as an advisor, in the Idaho Governor's Office of Species Conservation compensation meeting in Boise.

IMPORTANT CONTACT INFORMATION- Mike Jimenez’s [WY FWS] old phone number at (307) 330-5620 is no longer a working line due to the phone company cancelling all their analog phones.  Mike Jimenez can be reached at (307) 330-5631 and his FAX number as: (307)733-7096.

On January 29, 2008, Wyoming’s Governor certified that the Service’s January 28, 2008 modification to the 2005 experimental population (10j) rule met the conditions of the 2007 Wyoming Statute.  The publication of a NRM wolf delisting proposal on or before February 28th is the only remaining issue to satisfy the 2007 Wyoming law and Wyoming’s claims in the ongoing court case.

The Service's weekly wolf report can be viewed at 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