Gray Wolf Recovery Status Report
Subject: Status of Gray Wolf Management in Wyoming and the NRM – March 16, 2012
2011 Annual Report
The 2011 Interagency Annual Wolf (Canis lupus) Report for the NRM DPS is available on-line at http://westerngraywolf.fws.gov . The annual wolf report is composed of seven sections: 1) Montana; 2) Wyoming; 3) Idaho; 4) Washington; 5) Oregon; 6) USFWS overview of funding, litigation, contact information, and relevant publications; and 7) tables and figures of wolf population statistics and wolf depredations in the NRM DPS.
Information about wolves in other NRM states
Idaho at: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/wildlife/wolves/.
Montana at: http://fwp.mt.gov/fishAndWildlife/management/wolf/
Oregon at: www.dfw.state.or.us/wolves
Washington at: http://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/gray_wolf/
Wyoming delisting: A collection of Wyoming documents (including Chapter 47 Wolf Hunting Regulations; Chapter 21 Wolf Management Regulations, and Addendum: Wyoming Gray Wolf Management Plan) have been released for public comment. These documents can be viewed at: http://gf.state.wy.us/web2011/wildlife-1000380.aspx
Utah: No wolf packs were documented in Utah in 2011; however, in early March 2012, several sightings of wolves were reported near Provo, Utah. On March 9th, the Utah Department of Natural Resources attempted to locate and capture wolves in the area using a helicopter. The capture crew followed tracks of 4-5 wolves but we unable to locate or capture them. State biologists will attempt to locate wolves again if continued sighting are reported.
Radio-collaring in Wyoming: Winter capture and radio collaring efforts (using both GPS and VHF collars) were completed in YNP last month and are ongoing in other regions of WY through the end of March.
Figure 1. Wolf population in WY: 2000 - 2011.
Table 1. Total wolf mortality in WY (outside YNP) from 2003 through March 16, 2012.
|Cause of Mortality||2003||2004||2005||2006||2007||2008||2009||2010||2011||2012||Total|
Table 2: Confirmed livestock depredations in WY from 2003 through March 16, 2012.
*A horse broke its leg and had to be euthanized after being chased by wolves in a pasture on private property. Six additional horses, 3 calves, and 1 dog were injured in 2011.
** One dog was also injured by wolves but survived.
^ Wolves also repeatedly chased cattle on private property. A calf was injured when wolves ran cattle through a fence.
To request an investigation of livestock injured or killed by wolves in Wyoming, please contact the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services at (307)261-5336.