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

           Status of Gray Wolf Management in Wyoming and the NRM

WYOMING WOLF WEEKLY- Oct 26 through Oct 30, 2009

Web Address – USFWS reports (past weekly and annual reports) can be viewed at . Weekly reports for Montana and Idaho are produced by those States and can be viewed on the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks website ( and Idaho Department of Fish and Game website ( All weekly and annual reports are government property and can be used for any purpose.  Please distribute as you see fit.

Annual Reports
The Rocky Mountain Wolf Recovery 2008 Annual Report is available at: .
Delisting Litigation Status
A hearing of 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. The Service will carefully evaluate the court’s order and confer with the Department of the Interior and the Department of Justice to determine any appropriate next steps.

Official year-end counts will be published in the USFWS 2009 Annual Report. As of October 30, 2009, preliminary estimates show there are >190-200 wolves in Wyoming outside YNP in > 29 packs, including >20 breeding pairs. A total of 34 wolves have died in 2009 (control = 29 and unknown or under investigation = 5).
Idaho: Wolf hunting season is open in most parts of Idaho with a statewide quota of 220 wolves. For the most current harvest status information, call 1(877)872-3190. The IDFG website that summarizes wolf hunting in Idaho can be viewed at  

Montana: Wolf hunting season is open in parts of Montana with a total quota of 75 wolves. For the most current harvest status information, call 1-800-385-7826.  FWP’s website that tracks wolf hunting in Montana can be viewed at    

No additional depredations to report at this time.

Based on preliminary reports through October 30, 2009, a total of 21 cattle, 183 sheep, and 4 dogs were recorded as confirmed wolf kills, and 29 wolves were killed in subsequent control actions in Wyoming. These depredations occurred in the following areas:


# of Sheep Lost # of Wolves Killed in Control Actions
Rock Creek (N. of Pinedale)
37 sheep
Big Horn Mountains
101 sheep
Dog Creek (Snake River)
45 sheep
183 sheep


Location  # of Cattle Lost    # of Wolves Killed in Control Actions  
Rock Creek (N. of Pinedale)
1 yrlg steer
Upper Green River        
7 cattle
Prospect Mtns./Sweetwater
1 calf  
1 calf  
West of Cody   
6 cattle
Deer Creek (Casper) 
1 calf
Big Piney  
1 calf
3 cattle
21 cattle

Nothing to report at this time.

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

Outreach and Education
Bangs came down with the flu and at the last minute Ted Koch [FWS Boise] jumped in to pitch-hit.  Ted attended the National Congressional Sportsman Caucus meeting in McCall, ID on Oct. 28th, about 150 people, including members of congress attended.  Ted gave a presentation on 'Wolf Recovery in the NRM Mountains' as part of a 'wolf' panel.  Other presentations including one about wolf control to increase ungulates for hunters in Alaska by a member of the Alaska Fish and Game Commission and Jim Unsworth from ID F&G talking about state management of wolves in Idaho.  All the presentations were well done and well received.

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