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- Sept 14 through Sept 18, 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 website (http://fwp.mt.gov/wildthings/management/wolf/default.html) and Idaho Department of Fish and Game website (http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/cms/wildlife/wolves). All weekly and annual reports are government property and can be used for any purpose. Please distribute as you see fit.
The Rocky Mountain Wolf Recovery 2008 Annual Report is available at: http://westerngraywolf.fws.gov .
Delisting Litigation Status
A hearing of the preliminary injunction request was held in Federal Court in Missoula, MT on August 31. Oral arguments were heard from the plaintiffs, U.S. Department of Interior, Montana, and Idaho. On September 8, the Federal Court denied the preliminary injunction motion filed by Defenders of Wildlife and others to stop the 2009 regulated gray wolf hunts in Idaho and Montana. However, in issuing his order, the judge indicated that his preliminary review of the overall delisting case raised questions about Service’s approach of conferring ESA protections to a “significant portion of the range” of a species, as opposed to designating the entire species as a threatened or endangered species. The Service will carefully evaluate the court’s order and confer with the Department of the Interior and the Department of Justice to determine any appropriate next steps.
Idaho: IDFG reported as of 9/17/09, 5 wolves (one illegally killed in a closed area) were taken in Idaho. The total statewide quota for Idaho is 220 wolves. IDFG has sold 15,403 resident wolf licenses (@ $11.50 each = $177,134.50) and 283 non-resident wolf licenses (@ $186.00 each = $52,638.00) that raised $229,772.50 for the state. The IDFG website can be viewed at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/cms/hunt/wolf/quota.cfm
Montana: FWP reported 1 wolf had been harvested on 9/16/09 in Montana in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. The total statewide quota for Montana is 75 wolves. As of 9/16/09, $185,166.00 had been generated for the state from the sale of 9,064 resident wolf licenses (@ $19.00 each = $172,216.00) and 37 non-resident wolf licenses (@ $350.00 each = $12,950.00). FWP’s website that tracks each hunting unit can be viewed at fwp.mt.gov/hunting/planahunt/wolfStatus.html
From June 2009 through September 2009, > 2 wolves have killed >93 sheep in the Big Horn Mountains. Control efforts to remove all wolves in the immediate vicinity where the depredations took place have been ongoing since June. On 9/17/09, WY Wildlife Services located and killed a single black male wolf in the midst of a flock of sheep on private property where depredations had previously occurred.
Law Enforcement and Related Activities
Nothing to report at this time.
Outreach and Education
Nothing to report at this time.
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.