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 Gray Wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains

From: Gray Wolf Recovery Coordinator, Helena, MT 4/30/2007

Subject: Status of Gray Wolf Recovery, Week of 4/23/07 to 4/27/07

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.

Monitoring

Holyan and Mack completed flights out of McCall and Grangeville on 4/24-25 and 4/26, respectively. Based on previous year’s information, it appears that Blue Bunch, Stolle Meadows, Bimerick Meadows, and Sleepy Hollow packs are denning (but another flight will be required to validate this). Known/suspected breeding females in the Wolf Fang and Golden Creel Packs, based on ground investigations, do not appear to have denned to date. The radio collared Wolf Fang female has not been detected since a monitoring flight in Sept. ‘06.

Two wolves were radio collared this week in Montana Region 2. On the 24th, Bradley caught and collared an 80lb yearling female wolf SW of Darby in the Chaffin Creek area (Bitterroot Valley). This wolf is probably a member of the Lake Como Pack which has been in that area, but uncollared for several years. On the 25th, Jon Trapp caught and collared a yearling male in the Superior Pack, west of Missoula. This is the first collar in this pack. Jon is also trapping NW of St. Regis for an uncollared group in the Tamarack Creek area. Both the Lake Como and Superior Packs are believed to be in MT/ID border packs that spend time on both sides of the state line. Traps will be pulled in both areas at the end of the week.

Chad Hoover (MT W.S.) caught and radio collared a non-lactating gray female wolf on 4/10 on the Cedar Creek ranch and will continue with the control action to remove one wolf from this group.

Control

On 4/25, ID WS confirmed that wolves killed a calf on private land near Ellis, ID. The rancher saw three black wolves running away from his cattle. There have been confirmed wolf depredations on his property within the last 13 months. Control efforts have begun to remove the offending wolves.

On 4/27, Chuck Carpenter, Todd Grimm, Gregg Hansen, and Jared Hedelius from IDGF WS, along with Michael Lucid from IDGF, met with officials from the Boise and Sawtooth Forests to cover wolf activity and possible areas where livestock and wolves may negatively interact. Contact information and the 10(j) rules were covered.

Research

Nothing to report this week.

Information and Education and Law Enforcement

Holyan gave a presentation to Mrs. Dodge’s 1st grade class at Donnelly Elementary School on 4/24. Twenty-three students and 4 teachers and parents were in attendance. The children had many excellent questions and were captivated by the wolf pelt, wolf skull, and telemetry equipment displayed (not so much by the presenter).

On 4/23. IDGF held a working group meeting of 7 stakeholder representatives from hunting, outfitter, livestock, and environmental groups to discuss development and input on the state’s wolf hunting plan.

On 4/25, Michael Lucid gave a talk on identifying wolf sign to 15 Range to River Boise Foothills Volunteer Rangers.

On 4/27, representatives from IDGF, Wildlife Services, and the Boise and Sawtooth National Forest Wolf-Livestock Working Group met to discuss wolf livestock issues on both forests.

On 4/22, Jason Husseman accompanied a CO to investigate the shooting of a wolf near Laedore, Idaho; the wolf was determined to have been legally shot under the 10(j) rule.

On 4/25, MT FWP Trapp gave a presentation for the Bog Horn Adventure Camp staff and family on wolf ecology and management. About 20 people attended.

On 4/23, MT FWP Sime gave a presentation to the Range-Wildlife class at Montana State University about wolves in MT. and the state program. About 10 people attended.

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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