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- July 13 through July 17, 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 environmental and animals rights groups. Another separate lawsuit challenging the USFWS delisting criteria was filed shortly after in the 9th Circuit by the Greater Yellowstone Coalition.  While the two groups have their own attorneys, both those cases have now been consolidated in the Missoula District Court under Judge Molloy.  Their complaint alleges the NRM wolf population is not recovered and that the delisting violates the federal Endangered Species Act for many legal reasons, including delisting can not occur without an adequate Wyoming regulatory framework in place, which is not currently the case.  A request for a preliminary injunction has not been filed at this time.  In addition, the State of Wyoming, Park County, and the Wyoming Wolf Coalition filed a lawsuit in the 10th Circuit (Cheyenne, Wyoming) challenging USFWS’s rejection of Wyoming’s regulatory framework and the Wyoming state wolf management plan. 

Monitoring
Efforts to confirm wolf reproduction in Wyoming are ongoing this summer. The following 15 packs have denned and produced pups in Wyoming (outside YNP) in 2009: Jackson Region: Chagrin River, Buffalo, Pinnacle Peak, Phantom Springs, Antelope, and Pacific Creek; Pinedale Region: Green River, Black Butte, and Rim. South western WY: Sweetwater; Dubois Region: Washakie and East Fork; Cody Region: Beartooth, Absaroka, and Hoodoo.
 
Control
On 7/17/09, WGFD confirmed a calf was killed by wolves on a public grazing allotmnent in Union Pass, near Dubois, WY. It is thought there are >2 wolves in the area, but it’s unclear which pack they belong to. Wyoming W.S. will attempt to trap, radio collar, and release a wolf so that we can determine how many wolves are involved in the depredation and identify their home range.

Big Horn Mountains:  From 6/4/09 through 6/25/09, a total of 61 sheep were killed in the southern Big Horn Mountains.  No further depredations or wolf sightings have been reported since June 25. Various attempts to locate and remove ~2 wolves causing the depredations have been unsuccessful The USFWS issued 4 Shoot-on-Site Permits to the wool growers who have lost sheep to wolves. W.S. removed traps from the area, but will resume further control efforts if additional depredations occur.

Research
Nothing to report at this time.

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

Outreach and Education
Nothing to report at this time.

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