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 28 through Oct 2, 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.
Each year at the end of summer, we provide a rough estimate of the minimal number of wolves, packs, and breeding pairs that exist in Wyoming. These estimates are preliminary numbers and usually change by the end of the year when official population counts are published in our Annual Report. As of October 2, 2009, >317 wolves inhabit Wyoming (>180 wolves exist in Wyoming [outside YNP] and approximately 137 wolves exist in YNP). Wyoming (outside YNP) has 25-27 packs (including 18-20 breeding pairs) and YNP has 12 packs (including 7 breeding pairs).
Idaho: Wolf hunting season is open in parts of Idaho with a statewide quota of 220 wolves. The IDFG website that summarizes wolf hunting in Idaho can be viewed at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/cms/hunt/wolf/quota.cfm
Montana: Wolf hunting season opened in parts of Montana on September 15 with a total quota of 75 wolves. FWP’s website that tracks wolf hunting in Montana can be viewed at fwp.mt.gov/hunting/planahunt/wolfStatus.html
On 9/29/09, WY Wildlife Services confirmed 6 (1 buck and 5 ewes) sheep were killed by a wolf in the Big Horn Mountains. From June 2009 through September 2009, >2 wolves have killed >99 sheep in the Big Horn Mountains. On 9/17/09, a single male wolf was killed in the midst of a flock of sheep on private property where depredations had previously occurred. Control is ongoing to remove the remaining wolf that has continued to kill sheep.
Nothing to report at this time.
Law Enforcement and Related Activities
Nothing to report at this time.
Outreach and Education
On 10/1/09, Doug Smith spoke at the Draper Museum in Cody, WY. Approximately 200 people attended.
On 10/3/09, Jimenez gave a wolf presentation to the Association of Zoo Veterinary Technicians 2009 annual conference in Jackson, WY.
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.