Gray Wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains
Mountain-Prairie Region

Wyoming Gray Wolf Recovery Status Report

From:               USFWS Wyoming Wolf Recovery Project Leader, Jackson, WY

Subject:            Status of Gray Wolf Management in Wyoming and the NRM

WYOMING WOLF WEEKLY- May 25 through May 29, 2009

           
Web Address – USFWS reports (past weekly and annual reports) can be viewed at http://westerngraywolf.fws.gov . Weekly reports for Montana and Idaho are produced by those States and can be viewed on the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and Idaho Department of Fish and Game websites. All weekly and annual reports are government property and can be used for any purpose.  Please distribute as you see fit.

Annual Reports
The Rocky Mountain Wolf Recovery 2008 Annual Report is available at: http://westerngraywolf.fws.gov .
                             
Status of the NRM wolf delisting rule 
The Final Rule to Establish a Gray Wolf – Northern Rocky Mountain Distinct Population Segment and Remove it from the Federal List of Threatened and Endangered Species became effective May 4, 2009.  It was published in the Federal Register Vol 74, No. 62 pages 15123-15188on April 2, 2009.  The rule, the literature cited, and Questions and Answers about it are posted on the USFWS website at http://westerngraywolf.fws.gov .  The rule delists wolves in Montana, Idaho, eastern one-third of Washington and Oregon, and a small part of north central Utah.  Wolves in Wyoming will remain under the adequate regulatory mechanisms of the ESA.  The US Fish and Wildlife Service will continue to manage wolves in all of Wyoming under the provisions of the 1994 nonessential experimental population rules.  Management under the ESA will continue until such time Wyoming develops a regulatory framework that the Service determines meets the purposes of the ESA.  After that happens the Service may initiate the mandatory federal regulatory process [including public review and comment] to turn management over to Wyoming.  

Monitoring
La Grande, OR -- ODFW is continuing to monitor the recently radio-collared male wolf near the Keating Valley.  As expected, visual observations by aircraft confirmed the presence of a second, smaller wolf travelling with the radio-collared animal.  Since collaring the young male on May 3, the wolves have been located on 26 days.  Most locations have been in upper-elevation forested area.  On five mornings both wolves were found in the Keating Valley and on all five occasions they were successfully hazed upslope using both aircraft and ground methods.  Since May 18, all locations have been in higher elevation National Forest, and on May 29, the wolves were located in the Eagle Cap Wilderness.  ODFW is awaiting results of genetic analysis of tissues collected during the capture.
            The wolves being monitored were involved in the April depredations of 24 sheep and a single calf in the Keating Valley.  In addition to active hazing, other non-lethal methods have been employed including fladry (around sheep pen), RAG box, burying of cow carcasses, radio receivers to affected ranchers, and night penning of local sheep.  No depredations have been confirmed since April 17.
            As of May 4, 2009, wolves in the eastern portion of Oregon (east of highways 395, 78 and 95) are “de-listed,” or removed from protection under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA). Wolves in this area remain protected by Oregon’s ESA, while wolves west of the boundary remain protected by both the federal and state ESA.
Oregon’s Wolf Management Plan provides livestock producers and wildlife managers with specific tools to respond to wolf depredation. For more information, see ODFW’s wolf Web page at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/wolves/ or call ODFW’s La Grande office at (541) 963-2138.

Control
Nothing to report at this time.

Research
Nothing to report at this time.

Law Enforcement and Related Activities  
Nothing to report at this time.

Outreach and Education
On 5/28/09, Morgan (ODFW) gave an Oregon wolf update at the Straub Environmental Learning Center in Salem.           
On 5/28/08, Ely (ODFW) participated in a panel discussion on wolf management at Eastern Oregon State University.
On 5/21/09, Morgan (ODFW) met with Baker County livestock producers and local political representatives to discuss recent wolf depredation events and actions taken. Information was provided on Oregon's Wolf Management Plan and the tools that are available to ODFW and producers in response to wolf depredation.
Due to increasing demand for Oregon wolf information, and in addition to this report, viewers can sign up to receive monthly summaries of Oregon wolf activity at  http://www.dfw.state.or.us/wolves/

Further Information
To request an investigation of livestock injured or killed by wolves, please contact the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Wildlife Services at (307)261-5336.

For additional information, please contact:
Ed Bangs (406)449-5225 x204 or Ed_Bangs@FWS.GOV
Mike Jimenez (307)733-7096 or (307)330-5631 or  Mike_Jimenez@FWS.GOV

Last updated: November 8, 2012