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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 8/27/07 to 8/31/07

NEW WEB ADDRESS - The 2007 annual interagency wolf report (covering all 2006) can be viewed at western graywolf.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

Wyoming USFWS crew (Woodruff and Taylor), using rubber jaw e-z grip No. 7 McBride traps,  captured a grey adult wolf in the Gros Ventre Pack; however, the wolf pulled out of the trap as the trappers approached the wolf. Trapping efforts will continue until hunting season opens in the area next week.

B327, GPS radiocollared on 6/28/07 in Idaho, has been located on the following dates:  7/3- Scott Valley; 7/14- Horsethief Ck.; 7/28- Beaver Ck.; 8/12- between Corral Ck. and head of Horsethief Ck.; and 8/27- Scott Valley.

Melinda Conners started work this week for IDFG and was able to locate the Hughes creek pack and get a pup count of 3-4.  Jason Husseman will be setting traps to collar the pack.  Jason also conducted telemetry flights and was able to confirm 3 pups in the Pass Ck pack as they accompanied the adults on a hunt.  He also located a Jureano wolf on a domestic calf kill and reported it to WS who were able to confirm it and remove the wolf.  Michael Lucid and the wilderness crew have still not been able to catch up to and radio collar any wolves in the Selway Wilderness.  Fires are still hampering their efforts.  Carter Niemeyer has been attempting to capture the Scott Mt and Warm Springs packs. 

Control

On 8/20 MT Wildlife Services confirmed that the Hewolf Mtn. Pack had
depredated a cow near Dixon.  Control to remove 2-3 pups was initiated but
was unsuccessful.

On 8/31 MT Wildlife Services and CSKT biologists confirmed that a calf had
been depredated by the Hewolf Mtn. Pack.  Efforts to remove the remaining
members of this pack will begin after the Labor Day holiday.

On Friday, 8/24, Wildlife Services shot an adult male wolf on Harvey Ridge
southwest of Drummond.  Control is now finished on the Bearmouth pack and
SOS permits have been cancelled.  FWP personnel will be monitoring the pack
in the coming days and trying to haze/harass any wolves that are still
around livestock.  WS saw 3 pups in this pack during their flight yesterday.

On 8/26/07, WY W.S. investigated a dead calf west of Meeteetse, WY and recorded the loss as a probable wolf kill by wolves in the Carter Mtn. Pack. On 8/27/07. W.S. confirmed a calf killed by wolves south of Togwottee Pass. On 8/29/07, W.S. confirmed a calf killed by wolves in the Washakie Pack, near Dubois, WY.  Control is ongoing.

Research

The co-op research project west of Cody, WY between the Univ. of Wyoming, USFWS, and WYG&F continued to have problems with GPS radio collared wolves. The VHF component of 2 downloadable GPS collars are no longer functioning properly. One GPS Argos collar blew off prematurely last week. Earlier this summer, one GPS collared wolf died and another GPS collar malfunctioned.

Information/Education and Law Enforcement

Steve Nadeau met with the USFWS regional and area representatives on Wednesday in the Stanley Basin to review wolf management activity and policies. 

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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