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 Gray Wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains

From:               Gray Wolf Recovery Coordinator, Helena, MT 10/12/2007

Subject:            Status of Gray Wolf Recovery, Week of 10/05/07 to10/12/07

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

On the 10th, MT WS responded to a report of a dead cow in the Rock Creek drainage, west of Philipsburg, MT.  The cow had run through a fence and had died but no signs of predation could be found and no wolf sign was found in the area at that time.  A couple days later MFWP personnel followed up to scout the area further for wolf sign and fresh tracks were found near the dead cow.  MFWP set traps in the area to try to put out a radio-collar in what is suspected to be a new pack.

Laudon, Boyd, Dwinnell, and Derbridge [MFWP] have been surveying the areas around the Troy, Bull River, and Clark Fork areas [NW MT].  Trapping has been initiated for the Pulpit Mountain pack east of Troy and an unknown pack south of Troy.  Jonathan Derbridge has left on 13th.  Thanks Jonathan!

IDFG crews closed traplines and are basically done for the season as hunting season is now on and the ground is freezing.  Same goes for routine field trapping & radio-collaring for monitoring purposes.  WY where big game hunting is ongoing and in MT where big game rifle season opens next weekend.

Control

On the 7th, ID WS confirmed that wolves killed a calf on private land just west of Sheridan Reservoir, east of Kilgore, ID.  Traps have been set with the intention of lethally removing up to two uncollared wolves.

On the 10th, ID WS investigated a report that a wolf attacked and injured a guard dog and killed a buck and a ewe sheep on a Sawtooth National Forest grazing allotment on Bluff Creek near Fairfield.  There was not enough evidence to confirm the depredation, but the investigator did determine that it was probable.

On the 12th, ID WS confirmed that wolves killed 5 ewes on a Boise National Forest grazing allotment on Horse Heaven Creek NE of Idaho City.  Due to the number of deer hunters in the area, no traps were set.

On the 25th, a ID hunting guide in the upper Lochsa River area of the Clearwater Region killed a wolf he said was harassing his stock in camp.  The incident is under investigation.

WY WS confirmed that 6 calves on private land were killed by wolves from the Absaroka Pack.  On Oct 4th, WY WS removed 1 adult male wolf.  On the 9th, 2 more wolves were removed.  The landowner was issued a shoot-on-site permit and control is ongoing to remove the pack’s remaining two wolves.

Research

Carter Niemeyer [IDFG] experimented with IDFG research crews on free range darting wolves.  It has worked for the NPT once in the past.  They came close this time but no cigar.

Information and Education and Law Enforcement

The comment period for the Environmental Assessment for the proposed 10j special rule closed Oct 11th.  Nearly 86,000 comments were received.  The final 10j rule should be completed by early 2008.

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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