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- June 8 through June 12, 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 .
                             
Delisting Litigation Status
On June 2, a lawsuit was filed in Federal District Court in Missoula (9th Circuit) by a coalition of 13 groups. The complaint alleges the USFWS delisting decision violates the federal Endangered Species Act. A request for a preliminary injunction has not been filed at this time. In addition, the State of Wyoming filed a lawsuit in the 10th Circuit (Cheyenne Wyoming) challenging USFWS’s rejection of Wyoming’s regulatory framework and the Wyoming state management plan. A third lawsuit challenging the USFWS delisting criteria was filed in the 9th Circuit by the Greater Yellowstone Coalition.

Monitoring
Ground crews are continuing their efforts to locate active dens and confirm reproduction.

Control
On 6/6/09, 8 wolves from the North Fork Pack killed a male dog in Eagle Creek Meadows. The dog and its owner had hiked into the area and set up camp, when the wolves attacked the dog approximately 100 yards away.

On 6/7/09, WY Wildlife Services confirmed one ewe was killed by wolves in the Big Horn Mountains in the same area where >2 wolves recently killed 13 ewes, 17 lambs, and injured 3 additional lambs. Control efforts are ongoing to remove both wolves.

Research
Nothing to report at this time.

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

Outreach and Education
On 6/12/09, Jimenez spoke to DOJ attorneys at the USFWS Training Center in West Virginia. He gave an update on wolf issues and wolf management in the NRM.

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