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- Feb 7, 2010 through March 4, 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/

Litigation: On January 28, 2011, the Missoula Federal District Court (Defenders of Wildlife et al v. Hall et al, 9:08-cv-00014-DWM) issued an order that vacated the February 4, 2010 oral arguments in a case over a provision of the 2008 experimental rules that allowed states and tribes to remove wolves in areas where wolf predation was having an unacceptable impact on a ungulate herd.  The court also ordered the Government and environmental Plaintiffs to supply information to the court showing why the court has any further jurisdiction in the case because there might not be a valid 10(j) rule.  The Court asked for information whether a 10(j) area could still exist since the experimental population wolves and the endangered wolves population now mix and interbreed.  Briefs were sent to the Court on February 22, 2011.

MONITORING
On 2/26/11, the USFWS captured and radio collared 5 wolves (in 2 packs) in the Jackson area and will continue capture/collaring efforts throughout the NW portion of the state during early March. 

CONTROL
Wyoming: No depredations were reported. 

RESEARCH
During January and February 2011, 2 field crews from the USFWS and Grand Teton collected 26 carcasses of ungulates killed by wolves in the north end of Grand Teton National Park and the surrounding national forest.

Prey species included:

Elk =      14 (54%)
Moose = 10 (38%)
Deer =      2 (8%)

Age/Sex composition of ungulates killed by wolves included:
Elk:
Cows =  3 (21.4%)
Bulls =   8 (57.1%)
Calves = 3 (21.4%)
Moose:
Cows =   5 (50%)
Bulls =    2 (20%)
Calves = 1 (10%)
1 adult w/unknown sex = 1 (10%)
1 w/unknown age/sex =    1 (10%)

 

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

OUTREACH AND EDUCATION
Bangs (USFWS), Sime and Gude (MFWP), Ausband, Mitchell, and Derbridge (UM) all gave presentations on various aspects of NRM wolf management and research at the Montana Chapter of the Wildlife Society meeting in Missoula, MT on Feb 24.  Carolyn Sime was awarded the MT Chapter of TWS Distinguished Biologist Award at the Banquet/Awards ceremony the previous evening.  On the evening of March 1, Bangs gave a talk to about 50 students at the UM Student chapter of TWS, in Missoula, MT.

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 (Helena, MT) (406)449-5225 x204 or Ed_Bangs@FWS.GOV
Mike Jimenez (Jackson) (307)733-7096 or (307)330-5631 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