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- Nov16 through Nov 27, 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.
Official wolf population estimates for Wyoming will be published in the Annual Report. As of November 2009, preliminary estimates for Wyoming outside Yellowstone National Park (YNP) are >200 wolves in >30 packs (19-21 breeding pairs). Inside YNP there are approximately 116 wolves in 14 packs (6 breeding pairs).
Figure 1. Preliminary map of wolf packs in Wyoming (outside YNP) - November 2009. Official pack counts will be published in the 2009 Annual Report.
Figure 2. Preliminary wolf pack size and composition – November 2009. Official estimates will be published in the 2009 Annual Report.
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. The Idaho Fish and Game Commission extended the wolf hunting season until March 31 in units where quotas have not been reached. 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 closed in Montana with a total harvest of 72 wolves. FWP’s website that tracks wolf hunting in Montana can be viewed at fwp.mt.gov/hunting/planahunt/wolfStatus.html
On 11/13/09, 3 lion hounds were killed by the Buffalo Pack in the Gros Vente. Two guide/outfitters released 9 lion hounds on a lion track. The dogs encountered the Buffalo Pack in the Slate Creek drainage. The outfitters saw 16 wolves and found 3 dead dogs (2 adult dogs and 1 young dog). The incident was reported to the WGFD.
Nothing to report at this time.
Law Enforcement and Related Activities
Nothing to report at this time.
Outreach and Education
Bangs and Jimenez gave wolf talks at the Carnivores 2009 Conference in Denver, CO.
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.