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- Oct 12 through Oct 16, 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.

Annual Reports
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.

Monitoring
The summer field season was completed as big game hunting season opened throughout the state. We’ll continue to update our estimates of total wolf numbers, pack composition, and pup counts throughout the fall and early winter. Official year-end counts will be published in the 2009 Annual Report. As of October 16, 2009, preliminary estimates show there are >190-200 wolves in Wyoming outside YNP in > 27 packs, including >20 breeding pairs. A total of 34 wolves have died in 2009 (control = 29 and unknown or under investigation = 5).

                                  
Idaho: Wolf hunting season is open in most parts of Idaho with a statewide quota of 220 wolves. For the most current harvest status information, call 1(877)872-3190. 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 is open in parts of Montana with a total quota of 75 wolves. For the most current harvest status information, call 1-800-385-7826.  FWP’s website that tracks wolf hunting in Montana can be viewed at   fwp.mt.gov/hunting/planahunt/wolfStatus.html   

Control
No additional depredations were reported for the week of October 12 – October 16, 2009.

Figure 1. Wolf population growth, number of cattle and sheep depredations, and number of wolves controlled in Wyoming (outside YNP) from January 2003 through October 16, 2009.


Confirmed livestock depredations in Wyoming 1/99-10/16/09 

Table 1. Confirmed livestock depredations in WY: January 1999 – October 16, 2009.

 
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
Cattle
2
3
18
23
34
75
54
123
55
41
19
Sheep
0
25
34
0
7
18
27
38
16
26
181
Dogs
6
6
2
0
0
2
1
1
2
0
4
Goats
0
0
0
0
10
0
0
0
0
0
0
Horses
0
0
0
2
0
1
0
1
0
0
0
Wolves Controlled
1
2
4
6
18
29
41
44
63
46
29

Research
Nothing to report at this time.

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

Outreach and Education
On the 15th, Bangs gave a presentation “My, what big teeth you have: science & wolves" at the mutli-agency "Spotlight on Science" seminar series in Portland Oregon.  About 25 people attended.

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