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- May 17 through May 28, 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.

Northern Rocky Mountains: 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 been set for June 15, 2010.  

Monitoring
Nothing to report at this time.

Control

Wyoming: No recent depredations to report.

Table 1. Livestock depredations and control actions in Wyoming from 2002 - 2010.
       Livestock depredations and control actions in Wyoming from 2002 through 2010

 

Utah: On May 27, 2010 a black wolf was seen chasing sheep just east of Bear Lake in northcentral Utah.  Wolves in this area were delisted in 2009.  The herder shot at it but missed and the wolf trotted off.  An investigation by UT WS determined no sheep were injured or killed and it was likely just a lone disperser.

Oregon: On May 28, ODFW biologists and USDA Wildlife Services investigated and confirmed a third domestic calf killed by wolves in Wallowa County. Wolves in this area (Imnaha Pack) had previously killed 2 calves on May 4 and May 21, respectively. On May 23, ODFW issued permits to the owners of five Wallowa Co. ranches in the affected area authorizing them to kill any wolves that are caught in the act of attacking livestock.  

Research
Nothing to report at this time.

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

Outreach and Education

On 5/28/10, Jimenez (USFWS) spoke to rafting, horseback, and hiking guides in Grand Teton National Park. Approx 25 people attended.

On May 25 and 26, ten biologists from USFWS, MFWP, IDGF, WYGD, NPS, and University of  Montana, University of Wyoming met in West Yellowstone, MT to discuss wolf monitoring, wolf and ungulate research, publications, and other ongoing issues involving NRM wolves.

Oregon: A new entry level wolf bio position is being advertised in Oregon.

Natural Resource Specialist 1 (Assistant Wolf Biologist)
 
Please contact Human Resources at 503-947-6051 with any questions.
 
Transfers applicants must submit a request in writing (preferably via email to odfw.jobs@state.or.us) to HR. In addition, transfers must complete a profile and apply to a designated ODFW Transfer list (TR63500 - non class specific) on the online E-Recruit system. A link to the transfer list will be provided via email to employees requesting a transfer. 

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