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 Gray Wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains

From:               Gray Wolf Recovery Coordinator, Helena, MT 3/30/2007

Subject:            Status of Gray Wolf Recovery, Week of 4/30/07 to 5/4/07

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

Bradley (MTFWP) caught and collared a lactating female in the Chaffin Creek area, SW of Darby, MT on May 2nd. This makes 2 collars in the Lake Como Pack (a yrlg female was caught on 4/24) and trapping is now finished in this area.

Ty Smucker will be working seasonally again this year for FWP on wolves in western Montana. Ty started this week and is currently trapping on Lolo Pass for the uncollared Big Hole Pack. UM researcher Dave Ausband is assisting. Welcome back Ty!

On 4/29/07, residents along the Wood River and some oil field workers west of Meeteetse, WY reported a wolf coming close to humans. WY WS investigated and determined the animal was a wolf hybrid. WS located the owners who had lost the animal a week earlier and the owners retrieved the dog.

Control

On 4/27/07, ID WS investigated a report that wolves had killed a calf on private land near Kooskia, ID. While there was not enough evidence at the scene to confirm that wolves killed the calf, it is considered probable. WS may set traps next week to collar and release a wolf at this site. WS suspects these wolves may be from the O=hara Point Pack.

On 4/28/07, ID WS confirmed that a wolf (or wolves) killed a calf on private land near Challis. The Buffalo Ridge pack has depredated at this property in the past and may be responsible for this depredation. Traps have been set with the intention of lethally removing a wolf.

On 4/29/07, ID WS confirmed that wolves killed a calf on private land on House Mountain near Smith=s Prairie. Wolves from the High Prairie pack are probably responsible. Traps have been set and on 4/30, WS captured and killed a gray, sub-adult male at this depredation site. Control efforts are still ongoing to remove another wolf.

On 4/31/07, ID WS confirmed that wolves from the Copper Basin Pack killed a pair of steers over the weekend on private land just below Mackay Dam. Traps have been set and on 5/2, WS lethally removed 2 wolves from a fix-wing aircraft. On 5/3, ID WS confirmed another calf killed by this pack, so control efforts are still ongoing.

On 5/1/07, ID WS investigated a complaint by a rancher near Weippe, ID, who reported that wolves had killed a calf. WS could not find any evidence that would indicate that wolves had anything to do with the calf=s death.

On 4/29/07, a landowner in the Big Hole Valley shot (and missed) at a single black wolf that was harassing his cattle. No livestock were reported injured or killed.

On 4/30/07, a rancher west of Springdale, MT killed a yearling wolf with a shoot-on-site permit. The original depredation of a yearling heifer took place on the 17th. On the 25th, Rost (WS) captured and collared an adult male wolf near the depredation site. MFWP/WS will monitor the area and control actions are concluded.

On 5/4/07, a German Shorthair dog was reported killed by wolves in the Ninemile Valley about 1/4 mile from the owner=s house. The dog was mostly consumed.

Research

Nothing to report this week.

Information and Education and Law Enforcement

On 4/28/07, Trapp (MFWP) gave a presentation on wolf management and ecology to MFWP Region 5 rifle/bow hunters education. Approximately 50 people attended.

The Nez Perce Tribe completed a move to their new office at 125S. Mission St. in McCall, ID. Their main telephone number remains (208)634-1061. Their FAX number has changed to (208) 634-4097.

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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