Gray Wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains

 

From: Gray Wolf Recovery Coordinator, Helena, MT 10/2/98

Subject: Status of Gray Wolf Recovery, Weeks of 9/26-10/2, 1998

Monitoring

Packs in the Yellowstone, central Idaho, and NW Montana areas appear to be in their normal home ranges. In Yellowstone National Park the Throrofare group is near Ennis Lake and Washakie wolf 133 is on the east side of Yellowstone Lake. The Soda Butte pack is about 5 miles from wolf 133. The Nez Perce pack is near Shoshone Lake and the Sunlight pack is in their usual location. Washakie wolf 132 is still missing.

Trapping will be ongoing in NW Montana until October 16. Crews are actively trapping the Little Wolf and South Camas packs. They are also investigating some wolf observations that were recently turned in. A "wolf" was recently euthanized by the local animal warden after is was found injured at the north end of Whitefish Lake. The carcass has been transported to the Bozeman Lab to determine how it was injured. The case is under investigation by law enforcement.

Control

Nothing new to report.

Research

Nothing new to report.

I&E

Closing arguments for the Gordon hearing were made to Judge Downs on the 28th via conference call. Judge Downs said he would present his findings as quickly as possible.

 

Please help with wolf monitoring efforts by reporting suspected wolf observations. Reclassification, and the resulting increased management flexibility that would result from a threatened status depends upon the number of documented breeding pairs. PLEASE REPORT WOLF SIGHTINGS ASAP. THANKS!!

On the 1st, Fontaine gave a presentation to about 25 Frenchtown High School biology students. The students are really interested in the Ninemile and Kelly Creek packs close to their town.

The Service's two wolf biologists positions in Lander, WY have closed. Because of the large volume of applications (about 150), selections will likely not be made until November 1998.

The GS-7 technician in Helena (DD0947CA) is still open. Applications and information can be obtained at www.usajobs.opm.gov This job will only be advertised on the OPM register since it is a term position. It will be about a month before the selections for all the wolf positions can be made. Please be patient and hold your phone calls until we can go through the applications.

 

The Tenth Annual Wolf Working Group Meeting has been rescheduled for April 20-22, 1999 at Chico Hot Springs. Ideas for oral presentations should be submitted to Joe Fontaine. This year abstracts will be required and they will be published and distributed at the Conference. Abstracts should be submitted by Feb 1, 1999.

The Service's weekly wolf report can now be viewed at the Service's Region 6 web site at http://www.r6.fws.gov/wolf in addition to the regular distribution.

Contact: Ed Bangs (406)449-5225 x204 or Internet-ED_BANGS@FWS.GOV