Gray Wolf Recovery Status Report
From: Gray Wolf Recovery Coordinator, Helena, MT
Subject: Status of Gray Wolf Recovery, Week of 3/24/08 to 3/28/08
NEW WEB ADDRESS - The 2007 annual interagency wolf report (covering all 2007) can be viewed at http://western graywolf.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.
MonitoringNothing to report this week.
ControlOn the 26th , ID WS confirmed that the Copper Basin pack killed a calf on a private ranch near Mackay. On the 27th, an ID WS f/w aircrew shot and killed an adult, gray male from the Copper Basin pack. On the 28th, the aircrew shot and killed an adult, gray female and an adult, black female. Control efforts are complete unless another depredation takes place.
On the 26th, ID WS confirmed that a lone wolf killed a calf on private land near Ellis. Control efforts to remove the responsible wolf are ongoing.
On the 27th, ID WS confirmed that a lone wolf killed a month-old calf on private land NE of Council. Efforts to remove the offending wolf are ongoing.
WS confirmed one dead calf and one probable dead calf killed by wolves in the Sage creek area on 3/23. They have been three wolves hanging in the area amongst the cattle for the past couple of weeks one of the wolves is radio collared. It was decided to remove the three wolves based on the current activity and past depredations in this area in the past year.
ResearchNothing to report this week.
Information/Education and Law Enforcement
Success!- On March 28, 2008 the USFWS final rule to delist the northern Rocky Mountain wolf population became effective. Wolves in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming, the eastern third of Washington, Oregon, and a small portion of north central Utah are now conserved solely under State and Tribal laws and regulations.
Steve Nadeau gave a wolf recovery and management presentation to 75 members of the Inland Empire Society of American Foresters in Moscow Idaho on March 21.
On March 28, Cal Groen, Steve Nadeau, and Jeff Allen gave a press conference over delisting and what it means to Idaho.
On 3/25/08, Jimenez (USFWS) spoke at an annual Wyoming Wildlife Service meeting in Casper, WY. He summarized the Wyoming USFWS program for the last 9+ years and answered numerous questions about delisting.
The Service’s weekly 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 ext. 204 or Ed_Bangs@fws.gov