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- June 26 through August 6, 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. 

Information about Oregon wolves can be viewed at:  www.dfw.state.or.us/wolves

Litigation Status
Northern Rocky Mountains- Montana Federal Court relists wolves-  Yesterday August 5, 2010 Judge Malloy filed his ruling in the Northern Rocky Mountain wolf delisting case, vacating our rule and putting wolves back on the list as endangered.  

The ruling states, in part, that the Endangered Species Act "does not allow the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to list only part of a "species" as endangered, or to protect a listed distinct population segment only in part...and the legislative history of the Endangered Species Act does not support the Service's new interpretation of the phrase "significant portion of its range."  To the contrary it supports the historical view that the Service has always held, the Endangered Species Act does not allow a distinct population segment to be subdivided.  Accordingly, the rule delisting the gray wolf must be set aside because, though it may be a pragmatic solution to a difficult biological issue, it is not a legal one. "

DOI issued a statement yesterday and remains the primary spokesperson on this issue.   The statement is on fws.gov.  For further questions call Sharon Rose in Denver, CO at 303-236-4580. 

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.

Monitoring
Wyoming: At least 23 wolf packs have denned in Wyoming in 2010. We anticipate more breeding pairs will be identified this summer as additional den/rendezvous sites are located and reproduction is confirmed. Reproducing packs in Wyoming, Yellowstone National Park (YNP), and Grand Teton National Park (GTNP) include:

Wyoming (outside national parks): 14 packs produced pups (Absaroka, Beartooth, Chagrin River, East Fork, Elk Fork Creek, Greybull River, Green River, Hoodoo, Pacific Creek, Pinnacle Peak, South Fork, Sunlight, Owl Creek, and Wiggins Fork), plus 2 packs that are suspected to have denned (Rim and Washakie).

YNP: 8 packs produced pups (Black Tail, Agate, Lamar, Silver, Molly, Delta, Madison, and Canyon), plus 2 packs that are suspected to have denned (Cougar and Quadrant).

GTNP: 1 pack produced pups (Phantom Springs), plus 1 pack that is suspected to have denned (Huckleberry).
           

 

Figure 1. Wolf population growth in Wyoming (outside YNP) 2000-2009.
Wolf population growth in Wyoming (outside YNP) 2000-2009

Table 1. Total wolf mortality in Wyoming (outside YNP) from 2003-2010.

Table 1: Total wolf mortality in Wyoming (outside YNP) from 2003-2010

Control
Wyoming: We continue to manage wolf population growth and wolf distribution to minimize chronic loss of livestock from wolves and promote wolf conservation by maintaining the Wyoming wolf population well above recovery objectives.
 
Park County: On 7/26/10, WY Wildlife Services confirmed a calf was injured by wolves on private property west of Cody, WY.

Teton County: Wolves from the Buffalo Pack were suspected of killing a border collie herding dog in the Gros Ventre drainage, SW of Jackson.

Table 2. Confirmed livestock depredations and control actions in WY from 2003 - 2010.
           Table 2: Confirmed livestock depredations and control actions in WY from 2003 - 2010

*One foal was killed by wolves (recorded as confirmed), 2 horses were chased by wolves and injured when they were run through a fence (recorded as 1 confirmed and 1 probable), and 1 horse was chased by wolves and broke its leg when it was run over a cattle guard (recorded as probable). All 3 injured horses had to be euthanized.

Research
Nothing to report at this time.

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

Outreach and Education
On 7/24/10, Jimenez spoke in Jackson to faculty members from Duke University’s Center on Global Change.  

On 8/3/10, Jimenez spoke to staff at the BLM office in Kemmerer, WY.

On 7/30/10 Bangs spoke to a UM conservation biology class in Glacier NP.  On the 26th  
Bangs did an interview for an independent film project in Missoula, MT.  On 8/7/10 he gave a presentation at the community center in Cooke City, MT.
 
The WY wolf program welcomes Scott Becker.  Scott was hired as a wolf biologist in WY and he will be stationed in Cody.  He started Aug 2 and did his MS degree on moose in the Jackson, WY area.  Scott was originally hired as a WGFD wolf biologist but after the WGFD state at program dissolved he became a grizzly bear management specialist on the east side of Yellowstone National Park with WGFD.

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