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- Feb 8 through Feb 19, 2010

Web Address – USFWS reports (past weekly and annual reports) can be viewed at http://westerngraywolf.fws.gov .

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).

All weekly and annual reports are government property and can be used for any purpose.  Please distribute as you see fit.

Annual Reports
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 .

                             
Litigation Status
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.

 

Monitoring
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).

Control
The total number of wolf depredations in Wyoming for 2009 included:

Total Number of wolf depredations in Wyoming in 2009

 

The number of cattle depredations in Wyoming declined in 2007, 2008, and 2009; however, the number of sheep depredations increased in 2008 and 2009.

Cattle depredations in Wyoming year 2000 through year 2009

 

Research
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

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 or  Mike_Jimenez@FWS.GOV    

Last updated: November 8, 2012