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- August 24 through August 28, 2009
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The Rocky Mountain Wolf Recovery 2008 Annual Report is available at: http://westerngraywolf.fws.gov .
Delisting Litigation Status
The State of Wyoming, Park County, and the Wyoming Wolf Coalition filed a lawsuit in the 10th Circuit (Cheyenne, Wyoming) challenging USFWS’s rejection of Wyoming’s regulatory framework and the Wyoming state wolf management plan. In addition, a lawsuit was filed in Federal District Court in Missoula (9th Circuit) on June 2 by a coalition of 13 environmental and animals rights groups. Another separate lawsuit challenging the USFWS delisting criteria was filed shortly after in the 9th Circuit by the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. Those cases have now been consolidated in the Missoula District Court under Judge Molloy. Their complaint alleges the NRM wolf population is not recovered and that the delisting violates the federal Endangered Species Act for many legal reasons, including delisting can not occur without an adequate Wyoming regulatory framework in place, which is not currently the case. On 8/20/09, a preliminary injunction was filed by the coalition of 13 environmental and animal rights groups requesting that wolves in Montana and Idaho be placed back on the Endangered Species list while the court decides the case within the next year. On 8/31/09, a preliminary injunction hearing will be held in Missoula, MT at 9:00 at the federal courthouse.
Nothing to report at this time.
On 8/20/09, WY Wildlife Services completed control by removing 6 wolves from the Black Butte Pack, north of Pinedale, WY. The pack had injured 1 guard dog and killed 1 yearling steer and 37 sheep.
On 8/21/09, WY Wildlife Services completed depredation control by removing 5 wolves from the Dog Creek pack in the Snake River drainage south of Jackson, WY. The pack had killed >45 sheep and 3 guard dogs.
Wildlife Services removed 2 wolves from the Absaroka Pack on 8/25/09 after 2 adult cows were killed. Control is done for now, but will resume if more cattle are killed.
A total of 18 wolves have been removed in control actions in Wyoming from January through August 28, 2009.
Law Enforcement and Related Activities
Nothing to report at this time.
Outreach and Education
On 8/25/09, Jimenez spoke at a summer lecture series in Jackson, put on by the National Elk Refuge visitor’s center. Approximately 75 people attended.
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.