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 Gray Wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains

From: Gray Wolf Recovery Coordinator, Helena, MT 2/09/2007

Subject: Status of Gray Wolf Recovery, Week of 2/02/07 to 2/09/07

NEW WEB ADDRESS- The 2006 annual interagency wolf report [covering all 2005] can be viewed at http://westerngraywolf.fws.gov/annualreports.htm . It has maps of wolf pack locations and home ranges, tables of wolf numbers and depredations, discussions of litigation and funding issues, summaries of scientific studies, an extensive bibliography, and additional informational. Everyone is plugging away on the interagency 2007 annual wolf report [covering all of 2006] should be completed by March 1, 2007. It will follow the same format as last year- the Montana and Idaho state reports, the FWS/NPS report for Wyoming and a summary of other multi-state issues by the FWS, with concluding with tables and maps by both state and recovery area.


On the 3rd, IDFG was contacted by a coyote trapper who reported that he had a wolf in a trap near Elk City, ID. IDFG contacted the local WS agent who then accompanied the IDFG officer to the site where he collared and released the sub-adult, black, male wolf (B-318). The wolf may be a member of the O'Hara Pt. Pack.


Nothing new to report.


YNP has captured 23 wolves in 8 packs (Delta, Mollies, Gibbon, Druid, Slough, Oxbow, Leopold, Agate) this winter. All the captured wolves recovered well and they are being closely monitored. Mange was confirmed in the Park for the first time in Mollies pack. There were also a wolf pup with fever-damaged teeth indicating YNP had more distemper this summer, even though pup survival has been high (60 of 75 pups survived this year).

Yellowstone National Park reports that wolf breeding season and courtship activity has been documented and several ties have been witnessed. Mange was documented in Mollies’ pack but it is the only pack infested so far, the infestation at this point appears localized. An elk hunter north of YNP killed an elk with cysts on its liver and lungs that were classified as Echinococcus grandulosus, a common tapeworm of canids in N. America but apparently a recent arrival to the northern Rocky Mountains.

Information and Education and Law Enforcement

WOLF DELISTING PROPOSED- On the 26th, the DOI/USFWS announced the delisting of the Western Great Lakes wolf population/Distinct Population Segment and its proposal to delist the northern Rocky Mountain wolf population/DPS. Steve Nadeau and new Director Cal Groen [IDFG] gave a press conference to discuss the new delisting proposal and what it means to the state on Jan. 29th to several reporters and news crews. Sime [MFWP] and others were also was kept busy with media interviews. The proposal was published in the Federal Register on Feb 8th, and public comment will be solicited for 60 days. Open houses and hearings are scheduled for- [Feb 27th] Cheyenne, WY; [28th] Salt Lake City, UT; [March 1st] Helena, MT and [March 6th] Boise, ID; [7th] Pendleton, OR; and [8th] Spokane, WA. Comments can be emailed to WesternGrayWolf@fws.gov [Include RIN # 1018-AU53] or mailed to- USFWS, Western Gray Wolf Recovery Coordinator, 585 Shepard Way, Helena, MT 59601.

Job Announcement- The Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit is looking for 3 biological technicians for the ID/NPT wolf monitoring research project this coming summer.
Position last 3 months, pays ~$1100/month, and application materials are due March 2nd.
Contact David Ausband, Research Associate, Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit
University of Montana, Natural Science Building - Room 205, Missoula, MT 59812, Phone: 406-243-4329, david.ausband@mso.umt.edu for further information.

Sime [MFWP] and most of the MFWP wolf field crew attended the Montana Chapter of the Wildlife Society meetings in Bozeman, MT this past week.

On the 6th, Michael Lucid [IDFG] gave a wolf ecology presentation to 50 people at the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge as part of the 'Wild About Life' lecture series.

On the 5th, ID WS Wolf Specialist Rick Williamson participated, as an advisor, in the annual Livestock Compensation Committee Meeting with the Idaho Governor's Office of Species Compensation (OSC).

Doug Smith {NPS] talks on Feb. 5 to a Nat. Geographic Field trip to YNP and a separate Outfitter trip to YNP.

The Service's weekly wolf report can be viewed at http://westerngraywolf.fws.gov/ . This report is government public property and can be used for any purpose. Please distribute as you see fit.

Contact: Ed Bangs (406)449-5225 x204 or ED_BANGS@FWS.GOV

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