Gray Wolf Recovery
Weekly Progress Report
Week February 3 - February 9, 2001
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 are being finalized and will be published in the 2000 annual report which should
be out later this month.
Attempts to helicopter capture and radio-collar additional wolves in packs in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
are continuing. Weather and helicopter availability did not come together this week but the effort is
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 reaching the 30 breeding pair recovery goal, each
wolf pack becomes very important.
Livestock Depredations & Management (control)
A calf was reported killed by wolves along the East Front of Montana. WS investigated and determined the
calf was likely killed by wolves. A flight over the area did not locate any radio-collared wolves.
Attempting to get a radio-collar in the group of up to 3 wolves, if the opportunity presents itself, will
be the only control at this time.
Yellowstone National Park will begin its second year of adult female elk capture, pregnancy testing, and
radio-collaring this week. Seventeen elk were caught on the 6th, the operation ended on the 8th after 11
more were captured. Thirty-five elk from last year are also being monitored. In the past year one was
killed by a mountain lion, one by wolves, and 5 by hunters during the Gardiner late hunt.
Information, Education & Law Enforcement
CALL FOR PAPERS - ANNUAL North American Wolf Conference. Chico Hot Springs, April 3, 1PM until noon,
April 5. Contact Joe Fontaine at 406-449-5225 x206 or firstname.lastname@example.org with presentation proposals
and abstracts. Information about the conference contact Suzanne Laverty at 208-424-9385 or SLaverty@defenders.org.
In addition, Wildlife Veterinary Resources is hosting the Second Wolf Field Techniques Workshop Monday
April 2 and Tuesday, April 3, also at Chico Hot Springs. Wildlife VR is gathering wolf professionals
from around the continent to present information on state-of-the-art equipment and techniques for wolf
capture and handling for research and management. Wolf professionals are invited to speak. Speaker
abstracts should be completed by February 15, 2001. For a proposed agenda and abstract guidelines visit
the Wildlife Veterinary Resources at www.wildlife-vet.com
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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