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 Gray Wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains

From: Gray Wolf Recovery Coordinator, Helena, MT 11/2/2007

Subject: Status of Gray Wolf Recovery, Week of 10/29/07 to11/2/07

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

J. Husseman conducted monitoring flights on 10/25 and 10/31, and was able to get a count of 14 wolves in the Aparejo pack, and 8 wolves in the Pass Creek pack.

Holyan has been coordinating with members of the Alberta Sustainable Resource Development division, a governmental body, concerning the GPS collared wolf that emigrated from Alberta, passed through Montana, and has been most recently in Idaho (near Tensed). The collar was scheduled to blow-off 10/31/07, but a retrieval effort will not be made until data through the weekend has been collected (11/2 - 11/5). Ground-tracking and aerial efforts to locate this wolf have been unsuccessful.

Control

No control issues were reported in Idaho this week. On 10/24/07, WY W.S. euthanized a very old mangy wolf from the South Fork Pack. The male wolf had left its pack and had been frequently an area behind a housing development west of Cody, WY. On 10/30/07, control in the Carter Mtn. Pack was completed with the removal of 4 wolves.

Research

No research new reported this week..

Information and Education and Law Enforcement

IDFG is still investigating sightings of new wolf packs and reports of radio collars on mortality signal. Two wolves in north Idaho, one from the Avery pack and one from the Tangle ck pack were found dead on the recent telemetry flight. They are both under investigation.

Steve Nadeau gave a presentation and held a discussion on the wolf population management plan at a meeting 0n 10/30/07 with the NPT (members of the Executive Council, Office of Legal Counsel, and wolf project), ID Office of Species Conservation, the County Commissioner representative, the IDFG Commission representative, Idaho Governor’s office staff, and IDFG representatives. Topics on the agenda were; delisting, wolf harvest planning/allocation/monitoring, and funding.

The NPT Wolf Project telephone number has returned to (208) 634-1061. If you don't make contact please try (208) 634-5290.

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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