From: Gray Wolf Recovery Coordinator, Helena, MT 3/02/2007
Subject: Status of Gray Wolf Recovery, Week of 2/23/07 to 3/2/07
NEW WEB ADDRESS- The 2006 annual interagency wolf report [covering all 2005] can be viewed at http://westerngraywolf.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 informational. Everyone is plugging away on the interagency 2007 annual wolf report [covering all of 2006] and it should be completed in early March- sorry we are running a little late!
MonitoringNothing new to report.
ControlOn Feb. 28th, a landowner south of Darby, MT reported shooting at a single gray wolf that was bothering his cattle. The wolf was not injured. MT WS followed up and confirmed wolf tracks in the pasture and also investigated a report of dead calf from the previous day but it had not been killed by wolves. The wolf seen on the 28th may be a lone wolf or a member of the nearby Sula pack.
ID WS investigated 2 reported wolf depredations (1 near Ola, ID and 1 near Riggins, ID) and neither turned out to be wolf related. ID WS caught the Copper Basin Pack in cattle herds several times this past week, but the wolves left on their own before ID WS or the rancher could implement any harassment activity.
On the 25th, WY WS confirmed a calf was killed on private property by wolves near Dubois, WY. No known radio collared wolves were located in the area. WS believes that 1 or 2 wolves were responsible. This ranch has had chronic problems with wolves during the past several years. USFWS authorized WS to remove 1 wolf and issued the land owner a shoot-on-site permit to kill 1 wolf.
ResearchYellowstone National Park’s annual late winter (March 1-30) monitoring as part of the intensive wolf predation research project began.
The cooperative turbo-fladry research project between NRCS, MFWP, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe, Utah State University, USDA MT WS and the USDA National Wildlife Research Center is now underway. Turbo-fladry [fladry on a hot wire] was installed on several ranches in the HeWolf pack territory in the S. Flathead Valley in western Montana last week and this week. We have been trouble shooting it and bugs have been worked out. Thanks to all the volunteers and participating livestock producers!
Information and Education and Law Enforcement
WOLF DELISTING HEARINGS- Open houses [3-5PM] and hearings [6-8PM] were held on Feb 27th in Cheyenne, WY [about 100 people attended]; [28th] Salt Lake City [about 30 people attended], UT; [March 1st] Helena, MT [about 60 people attended]. Additional meetings will be held on March 6th in Boise, ID; the 7th in Pendleton, OR; and on the 8th in Spokane, WA. An additional meeting is being scheduled for Cody, WY in late March. The public comment period on the delisting proposal was extended 30 days and will now end on May 9th. See http://westerngraywolf.fws.gov for further information.
Steve Nadeau, Brad Compton and Mike Keckler (IDFG) were guests on a 1 hour KIDO radio in Boise, ID talking about wolves and big game management.
The IDFG Salmon regional office distributed 90 mailings with the 10j information to ranchers in the Lemhi, ID who are now calving and have a new pack of wolves in the vicinity; since dealing with wolves is relatively new to many of them, there were several requests for information as to their legal rights to protect their livestock.
Jason Husseman [IDFG] gave a talk at the Salmon, ID Chapter Idaho Outfitters and Guides Assoc. [IOGA] dinner (approx. 50 attended), presenting the 2006 wolf data as well as the progress that’s been made in putting together a wolf species plan for future wolf delisting
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