Gray Wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains

 

From: Gray Wolf Recovery Coordinator, Helena, MT 9/25/98

Subject: Status of Gray Wolf Recovery, Weeks of 9/19-9/25, 1998

Monitoring

Packs in the Yellowstone, central Idaho, and NW Montana areas appear to be in their normal home ranges. The Thorofare wolf 129F was located Wednesday in the Dunoir Valley by the Diamond G ranch manager. It is unkown at this time if the other Thorofare wolves are with this radio collared wolf. Washakie wolf 133M was located at the head of Mountain Creek inside the Park but 132M could not be found. The Soda Butte Pack is near Heart Lake with the exception of 24F which was found in the Fox Park area of the Thorofare. The Sunlight and Chief Joseph II Packs were not flown.

Trapping crews in NW Montana have left Glacier National Park but will return if the wolves become more accessible. A gray 45 pound female pup from the Whitefish pack was captured and radio collared. The crews have captured and radio collared 11 wolves so far this season. They are now trying to capture members of the Little Wolf and Graves Creek packs.

Kris Higgins, one of the trappers for NW Montana, has taken a position with the Hornocker Wildlife Institute and will be headed to New Mexico to work on black bears. Kris was a real asset to our program and will be missed.

Control

Nothing new to report.

Research

Nothing new to report.

I&E

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!!

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-9 biologist position in Helena, Montana is being advertised (announcement #DD0897PN) and the GS-7 technician in Helena (DD0947CA) just opened. Applications and information can be obtained at www.usajobs.opm.gov These jobs will only be advertised on the OPM register since they are both term positions. Information was mailed out to everyone who previously contacted the Service about the WY jobs on Sept. 11. No further mailings will take place. Hopefully the jobs will be filled by December.

 

PLEASE NOTE: 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