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 Gray Wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains

From:              Gray Wolf Recovery Coordinator, Helena, MT

Subject:          Status of Gray Wolf Recovery, Week of 7/2/07 to 7/6/07

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 information.

Monitoring

On 7/5/07, WY W.S. trapped and recollared a male wolf in the Green River drainage. The old collar had been severely chewed on and wasn’t transmitting locations consistently.

On 7/6/07, Dylan Taylor and Susannah Woodruff (USFWS) and Pehringer (WS) trapped a male wolf in Sunlight Basin, west of Cody, WY. As luck would have it, the wolf that was trapped was already radio collared with a functioning GPS collar. The wolf was released on site. Trapping is suspended until temperatures cool down.

Control

On Thursday July 5th, Wildlife Services confirmed 1 calf killed and 1
probable on private land in the Big Hole Valley southwest of Wisdom.  The
Miner Lakes pack is believed to be involved. The pack consists of 2 adults and 4 pups. Wildlife Services has been asked to try to remove the uncollared alpha male and a shoot-on-site permit has been issued to the ranch manager for 1 wolf. 

Research

David Ausband (U of MT) and field crew for the ID wolf monitoring
research project have finished surveying the McCall area and have moved
to the Lowman study area. The crew continues to find wolf sign and
locate occupied rendezvous sites without the aid of radio telemetry.
The ID wolf monitoring research project now has 3 of 10 GPS collars
placed in study packs. Of 2,000 surveys mailed to hunters in ID study areas roughly 50% of 972 respondents observed wolves or wolf sign. Da ta entry is ongoing for the second round of mailings that went to non-respondents.

Information/Education and Law Enforcement

On Sat. 6/30 Holyan presented the amphitheater program at Ponderosa State Park in McCall, ID to approximately 48 attendees.  The topic was wolf recovery/management in ID and the NPT's role in that process.

On July 5th, Bradley (FWP) gave a talk to ~12 Outward Bound students heading
out to hike the Continental Divide Trail southwest of Dillon.  On the 6th,
Bradley talked to another group of ~20 Outward Bound students in the Humbug
Spires area north of Dillon.

The Service’s weekly 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 ext. 204 or Ed_Bangs@fws.gov


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