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- Jan 4 through Jan 22, 2010

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
Oral arguments are scheduled in federal court in Cheyenne, WY on January 29 to address the state of Wyoming’s request to delist wolves in Wyoming.

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. 

Monitoring
For 2009, Wyoming had >319 wolves in >44 packs (>27 breeding pairs). Wyoming (outside Yellowstone National Park) had >223 wolves in >30 packs (>21 breeding pairs).Yellowstone National Park estimates >96 wolves in 14 packs (6 breeding pairs).

On January 16 and 17, the USFWS wolf crew in Jackson  aerial darted and radio collared 12 wolves in 4 packs in the Jackson area.

On January 1, 2, and 3rd, 9 wolves in 4 packs in the Sunlight Basin drainage were captured and radio collared by Quick Silver Air. Arthur Middleton (PhD graduate student from the University of Wyoming) and Abby Nelson (MS graduate student from the University of Wyoming) assisted in the capture and radio collaring. Wolves were fitted with 6 GPS collars and 3 VHF collars.

Idaho: Wolf hunting season is still open in parts of Idaho with a statewide quota of 220 wolves. 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   

Control
Nothing to report at this time.

Research
On January 4, the USFWS and Grand Teton National Park began a collaborative research effort to monitor winter predation by wolves in Grand Teton National Park and the adjacent national forest. Two crews of volunteers (3 members/crew) are back tracking wolves to determine prey selection and predation patterns on elk and moose using native winter range. 

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

Outreach and Education
Nothing to report at this time.

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 Mike_Jimenez@FWS.GOV 

Last updated: November 8, 2012