Gray Wolf Recovery
Weekly Progress Report
Week of Jan 19 - Jan 25, 2002
The U.S. Department of the Interior had all of its email shut down by a court order during the first week
of December. While the case did not directly involve the Service, the court order disrupted distribution
of the weekly reports and prevented all email communication with the Fish and Wildlife Service. We do not
know when we will be back on line. We thank Ralph Maughan, the Wolf Recovery Foundation, and others for
distributing the weeklies for us until this situation is corrected. We would also appreciate other agency
folks would pass the weekly along in their organization by fax or email if they can retrieve it off the
web by searching "Yellowstone Wolf."
Routine winter helicopter darting operations in the Greater Yellowstone Area are still on hold waiting for
the weather to improve. Helicopter darting in central Idaho is done for now unless more packs make
The 6 Gravelly wolf pups were located this week. Five of the Gravelly wolves were found (including the 2
that were in Canada last week) together in the Yaak valley. One was in Canada. The yearling male and
adult female weren't detected but weather prevented flying into N. Idaho. Local FS and others were
Attempts to locate and radio-collar the group of 3 uncollared wolves on the Snowcrest Ranch east of Dillon,
MT was unsuccessful. Fontaine flew and tried to help WS on the 18th but the group wasn't found.
The Service is cooperating with the Univ. of Montana, MT FW&P, and a UM wildlife student Ty Smucher to
organize a volunteer effort to locate and snow track wolves. Ty was a volunteer with the very successful
volunteer tracking program in Wisconsin and offered to help set up and test the potential for such a
program in Montana. This type of effort could help locate packs and greatly reduce monitoring costs.
See the 2000 annual report
http://mountain-prairie.fws.gov/wolf/annualrpt00/ [editor's note: this link will not work until FWS
internet access is restored] for a map of pack locations and home ranges. The interagency 2001 annual
report is being prepared and should be available by February 2002. Because DOI email is down this site is
not active at the current time.
Please report wolf sightings!! If hunters or outdoors enthusiasts report evidence of wolves to you please pass that information along to the Service.
Livestock Depredations & Management (control)
RAG boxes are being set out in an area of central Idaho were wolf depredations have occurred in past years.
The Whitehawk pack is right in the area where several producers are calving.
This year the Service will expand the use of shoot-on-sight lethal take permits for depredating wolves.
Livestock producers on their private land in the experimental population areas who have had a history of
confirmed livestock losses caused by wolves can receive these permits, which are authorized under the
experimental population rules. Producers who have had depredations in the past, and the adjacent ranches,
may be issued a permit that will allow them to shoot any 1 wolf. Permits will be issued after a ranch has
a recent confirmed depredation and the Service has authorized agency lethal control. After 45 days or
after a wolf is taken, agency control ends and the permits are suspended until additional depredations
Nothing new to report.
Information, Education & Law Enforcement
Meier attended the North Fork Interlocal meeting on the 25th. The meeting is attended by county, Montana
state, and federal agency representatives and local residents of North Fork of the Flathead River, adjacent
to Glacier National Park. They discuss resource issues of interest to that area and residents.
Bangs gave a wolf presentation to the Helena Chapter of the Montana Wilderness Assoc. on the evening of
the 24th. About 100 people attended.
Jimenez spent some time with a local reporter from Jackson, WY. She is doing a series of articles about
the elk/wolf research that Mike and local volunteers are doing on the potential impact of wolf predation
on the state elk feed grounds.
On the 26th, Jimenez participated in a "Predatory Animal Management Symposium" in Casper, WY.
Mike was on a panel with WY G&F, Wildlife Services, Univ. of WY, and Utah State Univ. titled "Lions,
bears, and wolves, where are we today and where are we headed." Over 100 people are expected to
attend the Conference.
On the 16th, Montana released it draft state wolf management plan for public review and comment. The draft
"Planning Document for Wolf Conservation and Management in Montana" and the Wolf Advisory Council's
"Report to the Governor" are available via MT FW&P's website at:
www.fwp.state.mt.us. To request copies call
406-444-2612. Public scoping comments on wolf management issues and alternatives will begin to be solicited
in March 2002.
There is a great opportunity opening up with the Mexican Wolf program. The job announcement for the Mexican
Wolf Field Coordinator is out. It is a GS 11/12 for in Government and 9/11/12 for non-government applicants.
It will be initially stationed in Alpine, AZ. Please look at USA Jobs for details or contact Brian Kelly
(505-248-6656) for details. This is a specialized job and will be highly competitive. Please refrain from
calling unless you have already looked at the job advertisement
vacancy # FWS2-02-005 and have the minimum qualifications to be competitive for such a position. The OPM
(non-government applicants) should open next week. Thanks and good luck.
The Annual Wolf Conference will be held in Boise, ID instead of Chico, MT this year. The Conference is
scheduled for Aril 23rd and 24th. The call for presentations is out, so please contribute some ideas!!
Contact Joe Fontaine (406)449-5225 x206 asap. Please try to attend - especially those that made suggestions
to move the Conference to a new location each year so more people from their agency/area could attend.
Joe will be contacting potential speakers to get their commitment in the next month or so.
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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