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 Gray Wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains

From: Gray Wolf Recovery Coordinator, Helena, MT 4/20/2007

Subject: Status of Gray Wolf Recovery, Week of 4/13/07 to 4/20/07

NEW WEB ADDRESS- The 2007 annual interagency wolf report [covering all 2006] 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. The 1994 EIS on wolf reintroduction is now posted there too.

Monitoring

A wolf was reported hit on I-90 just west of Superior on Monday morning the 16th. MFWP Warden Mike Fegely retrieved the carcass, a young uncollared black male. This wolf is likely from the Superior pack, which has been known to frequent that area. Thanks to Mike for picking it up and thanks to Matt Stonesifer [MFWP] for shuttling the carcass to Missoula.

Laudon [MFWP] was contacted by a colleague from Alberta about a GPS collared male wolf that appears to have dispersed from Canada into the area west of Glacier National Park in the last few weeks.

Control

On the 17th, MT WS examined an injured yearling heifer west of Springdale, MT and confirmed that the injury was caused by a wolf. The heifer had to be euthanized. It ran through a fence and it was unclear where exactly on the private land it had been attacked or what pack maybe responsible. MT WS picked up a faint signal from SW57F from the Baker Mountain pack. The heifer is now in the bone pile and WS is checking for tracks to see if trapping is a possibility. The Baker Mountain did not den in this area last year, and they are likely denned well to the south on national forest this year. MFWP authorized trapping in the area to remove one wolf, and a shoot on site permit was issued to the landowner. A telemetry flight is scheduled as soon as weather permits.

On the 17th, ID WS lethally removed an adult gray male wolf on the same private land where we confirmed wolf depredation on sheep occurred 2 days ago. Efforts are still underway to remove one more and hopefully, collar and release another one. The carcass was turned over to IDFG.

On the 17th, ID WS investigated a complaint that a wolf, or wolves, killed a newborn foal and injured a mare at a private ranch near White Bird, ID. While there was evidence of wolf presence at the scene, there was no carcass to examine and any sign of a possible attack or struggle might have occurred had been washed away by heavy rainfall. The mare had injuries consistent with fence wounds. WS could not confirm the depredation.

Research

Nothing new to report.

Information and Education and Law Enforcement

The last of the public hearings on the USFWS proposal to delist the wolf population in the NRM will be held in Cody, WY April 19. About 600 people attended. The open house was 3-5:30PM and the hearing is 6-9:45PM. All the speakers that signed up to give testimony had the opportunity to do so. The public comment period on the delisting proposal ends May 9th. For further information please see http://westerngraywolf.fws.gov .

Laudon [MWFP] gave a talk at the annual meeting of Flathead Wildlife on the 12th. He provided an update about wolves in Montana and the state program. About 40 people attended.

Sime [MFWP] gave a talk at a joint meeting of the Oregon and Washington chapters of The Wildlife Society on the 12th. She talked about the MT state wolf management program. About 80 people attended.

MT WS Steuber gave a presentation at The Wildlife Society Wildlife Damage Working Group conference in Corpus Christi, TX on the 10th. He presented a paper that MFWP, MT WS, and USFWS prepared about the history of wolf-livestock conflict in Montana and damage management during wolf recovery and state management. A manuscript will appear in the conference proceedings.

On the 17th, Michael Lucid and Jason Husseman [IDFG] answered questions about wolf biology and management to grade school kids across Idaho by participating in Idaho Public Television’s “Dialogue for Kids” call in television program. It was also broadcast on the internet and can be seen on IPTV website.

JOB- A vacancy announcement for a USFWS WY wolf Biological Science Technician (W/L) position (Jackson, WY) has opened. The link FWS6TEMP-2007-0032 will take you directly to its location on USAJobs. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mike Jimenez [USFWS] at mike_jimenez@fws.gov .

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


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