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 6, 2011 through June 17, 2011

           
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.

2010 Annual Report
The 2010 Interagency Annual Wolf (Canis lupus) Report for the NRM DPS will be available March 10, 2011 on-line at http://westerngraywolf.fws.gov .  The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks section of the annual wolf report will also available on-line on its websites at http://fwp.mt.gov/fishAndWildlife/management/wolf/default.html.  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

Information about Washington wolves can be viewed at: http://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/gray_wolf/ 

MONITORING

Table 1. Total wolf mortality in Wyoming (outside YNP) from 2003-2011.

Cause of Mortality 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Depredation Control 18 29 41 44 63 46 31 33 5
Natural 3 0 3 1 2 3 2 1 1
Under Investigation 5 1 5 8 5 8 0 4 1
Unknown 1 0 0 1 2 8 7 2 3
Other 0 7 2 5 3 14 0 5 1
Total 27 37 51 59 75 79 40 45 11

 

CONTROL
Wyoming:
On 6/16/11, WY Wildlife Services confirmed a steer calf killed by wolves on private property west of Cody. Control actions were completed when a yearling male wolf was removed near the depredation site on 7/17/11.

Table 1. Confirmed livestock depredations and control actions in WY from 2003 - 2011.           

    2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Cattle   34 75 54 123 55 41 20 22 6
Sheep   7 18 27 38 16 26 195 33 1
Dogs   0 2 1 1 2 0 7 0 1
Goats   0 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Horses   2 0 1 0 1 0 0 1  0*
Wolves Controlled   18 29 41 44 63 46 31 33 5

* A horse broke its leg and had to be euthanized after being chased by wolves in a pasture on private property.

 

RESEARCH
Nothing to report at this time. 

LAW ENFORCEMENT AND RELATED ACTIVITIES   
Nothing to report at this time. 

OUTREACH AND EDUCATION
On 6/4/11, Jimenez (USFWS) spoke at the annual Summit on the Snake Symposium put on by the Snake River Fund in Jackson, WY. On 6/6/11, Jimenez spoke to USFS Northern Region personnel at an annual carnivore class held in Yellowstone National Park.  

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:
Mike Jimenez (Jackson) (307)330-5631 or (307)733-7096 or Mike_Jimenez@FWS.GOV
Scott Becker (Cody) (307)527-8916 or (307)699-3411 or Scott_Becker@FWS.GOV

Last updated: November 8, 2012