From: Gray Wolf Recovery Coordinator, Helena, MT 12/28/2007
Subject: Status of Gray Wolf Recovery, Week of 12/21/07 to12/28/07
HAPPY NEW YEAR
NEW WEB ADDRESS- The 2007 annual interagency wolf report [covering all 2006] can be viewed at http://westerngraywolf.fws.gov/annualreports.htm. The 2008 report will be available by March 1, 2008.
Nothing new to report.
Control On the 22nd , an ID WS aircrew shot and killed a gray wolf from the Buffalo Ridge pack. This control action took place on the in the Salmon/Challis National Forest near Clayton, ID. This removal completes the control action that began about 3 weeks ago after these wolves killed a calf.
Nothing new to report.
Information and Education and Law Enforcement
On the 20th, the MT FWP presented a tentative biennial proposal for a licensed hunting and trapping season that would be implemented upon delisting. The proposal outlines the basics do's and don'ts of wolf harvest, season dates, management unit boundaries, legal means of take, bag limit etc. MFWP also presented some supporting background information that describes the context of the proposal and the thought process used. The tentative proposal outlines a quota-based system for harvest with a pre-determined number of wolves that could be killed. MFWP also presented the rationale it would use to set quotas when wolves are delisted. Quotas are ultimately set and approved annually by the MFWP Commission through a separate decision process so that the most current monitoring information can be used. The MFWP Commission discussed the proposal, the December 9/10 2007 recommendations of the Montana Wolf Advisory Council, and heard public comment. The Commission approved a tentative hunting/trapping season, but trapping would not be allowed in year one of the two year regulation cycle. The tentative proposal will be presented at 44 different public meetings held throughout the state in January 2008. MFWP and the MFWP Commission are undertaking this process now so that adequate time can be devoted to data analysis and public comment opportunities and so that it can be undertaken in a thoughtful, deliberative way by the agency, the public, and the MFWP Commission. The proposal and other information will be posted at http://fwp.mt.gov/wildthings/wolf/default.html after Christmas. Public comments will be accepted via written letter (Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, MFWP Wolf Season, 1420 E. 6th Ave. Helena, MT 59620), at the local public meetings and electronically through the MFWP wolf web page. The comment period will close Feb. 1 2008. The MFWP Commission is expected to make a final decision on February 21, 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