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- Nov 2 through Nov 13, 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 on 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. A hearing date for oral arguments has not been set, but is expected to be soon after legal briefs are completed in late January 2010.
Idaho: Wolf hunting season is open in most parts of Idaho with a statewide quota of 220 wolves. As of 11/8/09, 81 wolves were legally harvested. 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. As of 11/6/09, 51 wolves have been legally harvested. 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
On 11/11/09, WY Wildlife Services confirmed 12 sheep (9 bucks and 3 ewes) were killed by a wolf in the southern Big Horn Mountains. The depredation occurred in the same area where > 2 wolves killed > 101 sheep on private property this last summer and fall. A single black wolf has been seen in the area. Control efforts are ongoing to remove the depredating wolf(s).
Nothing to report at this time.
Law Enforcement and Related Activities
Nothing to report at this time.
Outreach and Education
On 11/6/09, Bangs gave a presentation at a research symposium sponsored by the Montana Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology. About 60 people attended.
On 11/12/09, Jimenez participated in a panel discussion following a film viewing of the Lords of Nature, sponsored by the Defenders of Wildlife and the Wyoming Outdoor Council in Lander, WY. The discussion focused on wolf-livestock conflicts, wolf management, and ecological impacts of wolf recolonization. Approx. 50 people attended.
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