Gray Wolf Recovery
Weekly Progress Report
Week December 23, 2000 - January 4, 2001
HAPPY NEW YEAR
Packs in the Yellowstone, central Idaho, and NW Montana are moving throughout their home ranges. See the
1999 annual report
http://mountain-prairie.fws.gov/wolf/annualrpt99/ for a map of those pack locations and home ranges.
The annual "official" count of wolf breeding pairs and new pack home ranges will be published
in the 2000 annual report which should be out by February 1, 2001.
The former Soda Butte pack has been renamed the Yellowstone Delta pack. The pack was relocated from the
Soda Butte area in 1996 and has lived south of Yellowstone Lake since that time. The name change is
consistent with most pack names which come from local geologic features in their territory.
Please report wolf sightings!! Signs were distributed asking hunters to report wolf observations. We have
copies of these signs for any agency folks willing to post them at information centers, offices, or hunter
check stations, etc. Thanks to those who have been forwarding us reports it has helped located several
potential new packs. When we are this close to 30 breeding pair, each wolf pack becomes very important.
Livestock Depredations & Management (control)
A heifer was killed by wolves north of Browning on the 20th and another heifer was killed the following
night. A WS investigation confirmed that a pair of wolves were responsible. The pairís tracks were evident.
WS and the Service attempted to helicopter dart them the next day but they could not be located. No further
problems have been reported. During the weekend of the 24th WS was gunning coyotes in the Deer Lodge area
near where several sheep had been killed by wolves earlier this year. Fontaine was on stand-by and WS
carried a dart gun with them to capture, radiocollar, and release any wolves found. No wolves were located.
WS investigated a report of a wolf killing sheep near Red Lodge on New Yearís weekend. The sheep were
killed by a large malamute dog and not wolves.
On the 24th, a less-than-lethal-muntions research permit was issued to a ranch north of Gardiner, MT to
harass wolves on their private property near buildings or livestock using cracker shells. Wolves had been
walking past the ranch house for a couple of days and appeared to be getting bolder. An offer of training
and use of 12 gauge bean bag rounds was also made at that time.
Nothing new to report.
Information, Education & Law Enforcement
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service law enforcement are hopeful that a reward of $10,000 will encourage the
public to provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or person responsible
for the killing of two gray wolves in Camas County, Idaho. Two males, including the alpha, from the Smokey
Mountain pack were found dead in late November/early December. Service LE agents can be contacted at
The Timber Wolf Alliance put out a call for entries for the 2001 National Wolf Awareness Week Poster
Contest. If you know an artist that may be interested have them enclose slides of their original artwork,
conceived and created entirely by them to: Timber Wolf Alliance, 2001 National Poster Competition, Sigurd
Olson Environmental Institute, Northland College, Ashland, WI 54806. Call (715)682-1490 for further
information. The deadline is April 7, 2001.
The weekly wolf report can now be viewed at the Service's Region 6 web site at
Contact: Ed Bangs (406)449-5225 or Internet - ED_BANGS@FWS.GOV
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