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- Feb 8 through Feb 19, 2010
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Weekly reports for Montana can be viewed on the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks website http://fwp.mt.gov/wildthings/management/wolf/default.html
Wolf information for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game website can be viewed at: (http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/cms/wildlife/wolves).
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Montana and Idaho are working with the USFWS to complete the 2009 Rocky Mountain Wolf Recovery Annual Report which will be available by early March at: http://westerngraywolf.fws.gov .
Oral arguments were heard in federal court in Cheyenne, WY on January 29 to address the state of Wyoming’s request that the USFWS accept the Wyoming Wolf Management Plan. A decision from Judge Allen Johnson is pending.
On February 18, 2009, a hearing was held in federal court in Boise, ID. The Wolf Recovery Foundation, Western Watersheds Project, and 6 other groups requested a temporary restraining order and/or preliminary injunction to prevent IDFG from radio collaring wolves and landing in the Frank Church River-of-No-Return wilderness area.
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.
In 2009, >320 wolves in >44 packs (>27 breeding pairs) inhabited Wyoming, including Yellowstone National Park (YNP). The wolf population statewide increased approx. 6% from 2008. Wyoming (outside YNP) had >224 wolves in >30 packs (>21 breeding pairs) and YNP had >96 wolves in 14 packs (6 breeding pairs).
The total number of wolf depredations in Wyoming for 2009 included:
The number of cattle depredations in Wyoming declined in 2007, 2008, and 2009; however, the number of sheep depredations increased in 2008 and 2009.
Nothing to report at this time.
Law Enforcement and Related Activities
Nothing to report at this time.
Outreach and Education
Jimenez spoke to the WY Guide and Outfitters Association in Jackson on 2/9/09. Approximately 25 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.