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- March 15 through March 19, 2010

Web Address – USFWS reports (past weekly and annual reports) can be viewed at http://westerngraywolf.fws.gov .   All weekly and annual reports are government property and can be used for any purpose.  Please distribute as you see fit.

2009 Annual Report
The 2009 Interagency Annual Wolf (Canis lupus) Report for the NRM DPS in 2009 can be viewed on-line at http://westerngraywolf.fws.gov .  The Idaho and Montana state sections of the annual wolf report are also available on-line at the websites for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks http://fwp.mt.gov/wildthings/management/wolf/default.html and Idaho Department of Fish and Game http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/cms/wildlife/wolves.  The annual wolf report is composed of five Sections: 1) Montana; 2) Wyoming; 3) Idaho; 4) USFWS overview of dispersal, funding, litigation, and relevant publications; and 5) Tables and Figures of wolf population statistics and wolf depredations. 

Litigation Status

Wyoming: 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.

NRM: 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.

Idaho: In December IDFG received authorization from the USDA Forest Service to land a helicopter in the Frank Church River-of-No-Return Wilderness as an aid to capture and radiocollar wolves that may be encountered incidental to routine elk surveys scheduled for February - March. The Wolf Recovery Foundation, Western Watersheds Project, and 6 other groups filed a motion in federal district court on February 3 requesting a temporary restraining order and/or preliminary injunction to prevent the project. Judge Winmill denied the motion on February 19.  IDFG staff conducted the elk survey in Game Management Units 26 and 27 in early March and captured and radio collared 4 wolves in conjunction with that effort.

Monitoring
In 2009, > 320 wolves in >44 packs (>27 breeding pairs) inhabited Wyoming, including Yellowstone National Park. The wolf population grew approximately 6%. For more information, please see our 2009 Annual Report at: http://westerngraywolf.fws.gov

Control
As of 3/19/10, there have been no wolf livestock depredations reported in Wyoming for 2010.

Research
Nothing to report at this time. 

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

Outreach and Education  
Numerous websites for wolf information are listed each year in our Annual Report. Inadvertently, Wolf Watch @ http:www.pinedaleonline.com/wolf/ was not included this year. We apologize for this omission.

On Saturday 3/20/10, Wyoming guide/outfitters will host a noon rally near the Jackson town square to educate the general public concerning the impacts wolves are having on Wyoming elk herds and moose populations.

On 3/18/10, the WGFD held a workshop in Jackson, WY to educate the general public about staying safe in bear, lion, and wolf country.

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