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 Gray Wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains

From: Gray Wolf Recovery Coordinator, Helena, MT 10/19/2007

Subject: Status of Gray Wolf Recovery, Week of 10/12/07 to10/19/07

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

MT FWP Bradley has been trapping in Rock Ck for a possible new pack. Traps were pulled due to the start of big game hunting season.

Holyan [NPT] conducted scheduled monitoring flights on 10/15 & 10/16; all packs were located in their usual home ranges and visuals were obtained on Selway (11 black, 2 gray [13 black, 2 gray seen in Sept.]), Golden Ck. (2 gray, 1 white [believed incomplete]), Monumental Ck. (5 gray [believed incomplete]), Wolf Fang (3 gray), and Stolle Meadows (3 black, 1 gray [did not see B259- white]). In addition, B349 was detected on mortality mode; the site was investigated on 10/17 by USFWS Law Enforcement agents S. Kabasa and S. Winkler (Holyan present, too), who collected the carcass. Mack was unable to fly due to poor weather conditions.

Control

On the 15th, ID WS confirmed that wolves killed a calf on a Salmon-Challis National Forest grazing allotment in Cabin Creek, south of Elk Bend. No traps will be set until after general elk season closes so the possibility of any conflicts can be minimized.

Research

Nothing new to report.

Information and Education and Law Enforcement

Doug Smith [NPS] was in backcountry on horseback with FWS LE last week. They visited Silver Tip Ranch and Slough Creek Outfitters and talked about wolves. So far it has not been a good hunting season this year and people in general were not very happy.

On the 13th, MFWP Bradley participated in a field trip w/ the University of Montana wildlife students and the Blackfoot Challenge. About 15 students attended.

On the 17th, MFWP Bradley participated in a meeting of the Flint Creek Watershed Group (near Phillipsburg) and gave a talk about wolves in MT and the MT program. About 40 people attended.

On the 18th, MFWP Bradley was in Deerlodge, MT to give talks to two different 4-H groups. About 50 students participated.

On the 18th, MFWP Sime participated in a panel discussion after the premier showing of Bill Campbell's documentary film "Wolves in Paradise" in Bozeman. About 250 attended the showing and about 150 stayed for the panel discussion that also included Janelle Holden (Keystone Conservation), a representative from the Sun Ranch in the Madison Valley south of Ennis, Bill Campbell, and a livestock producer from the Paradise Valley north of Gardiner MT.

On the 19th, MFWP Sime gave a presentation at the MEA-MFT teacher convention on wolves in MT and the MT program. The presentation was arranged by the Montana Environmental Educators Association as their keynote. About 75 people attended.

Holyan [NTP] will present at the First Spokane Beaming Bioneers Conference on the 20th. He will be among 5 scheduled speakers in the "Preservation of the Wild" section that "addresses current threats toward these species and the efforts being made to protect and preserve them and their habitat."

On the 20th, Bangs [FWS] gave two talks at the California Wolf Center east of San Diego, CA as part of their annual banquet and National Wolf Awareness Week. Over 110 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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