Gray Wolf Recovery
Weekly Progress Report
Week of February 22 - February 28, 2003
NEW WEB ADDRESS - See westerngraywolf.fws.gov/
for maps of wolf pack locations and home ranges, tables of wolf numbers and depredations, and summaries of
The SW MT crew attempted to dart the Chief Joe pack and others on the 28th. Chief Joe were in the open
near an elk kill but the winds were too high to attempt capture. Rats! Additional attempts will be made,
radio contact with this pack was lost last spring.
The Nez Perce Tribe hired Isaac Babcock and Jon Trapp to conduct winter searches for suspected uncollared
packs. Jon searched the upper reaches of the middle fork of the Boise River and found 2-4 wolves are using
the area but it is unsure if they were a breeding pair this past year or not.
Issac Babcock trapped in the Big Creek with help from Jim and Holly Akenson. Radio contact with the
Chamberlain Basin pack was lost a year ago but nothing has been captured yet.
Please report any sightings of wolf activity to the nearest U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, state Fish and
Game Agency, Forest Service, BLM, Tribal, or USDA Wildlife Services office. We thank everyone for their
Livestock Depredations & Management (control)
Wildlife Service's removed all 4 members of the Red Lodge pack near Red Lodge, MT on the 24th. Three of
the 4 had mange but mainly just on their tails. The pack had been involved in numerous cattle depredations
since last spring.
Wolves in the Ninemile were thought to have killed 7 kid goats on private land on the 24th. Wildlife
Service's investigated but there was no sign, (blood, hair, bone, or a struggle), to indicate there was
even a depredation. No action will be taken.
Yellowstone National Park's late winter wolf predation study training for volunteers was conducted on the
28th. The 30-day intensive study of wolf predation begins on March 1.
A wolf was reportedly killed near Weston, ID, a few miles north of the Utah border. LE is investigating.
Tom Meier et al. finished the 2002 annual interagency wolf report. The report will be distributed both in
the mail and online as soon as possible.
Jimenez completed the 2002 Progress Report on wolf/elk interactions on state managed feed grounds in
Wyoming. The 11 page report covering the past three years of field can be obtained at
Information, Education & Law Enforcement
The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling on the last of the litigation against the wolf recovery
program on 02/25/03. The case involved the Diamond G Ranch, Inc, a Wyoming Corporation v. Gale Norton, Sec.
Interior and USFWS. The case was an appeal of a U.S. District Court for Wyoming ruling that the wolf
recovery program did not violate the Fifth Amendments takings provisions or the regulations promulgated
under the Endangered Species Act. The Appeals Court affirmed the District Court ruling which dismissed the
Diamond G's takings claims and the ESA claims. This is another big legal win for the DOJ, FWS, and wolf
Fontaine finished a 2 week detail on the 21st in Washington D.C. working on the Service's Partners and
Coastal Program. While he was there he gave a presentation to the D.C. Fish and Wildlife Service office
the week of the 17th. About 25 Service employees attended.
On the 27th Bangs, talked to about 75 students at a MSU Environmental issues class. He also visited with
Dr. Creel, MSU, on enhanced attempts to place more radio-collars in the wolf packs along the west side of
Yellowstone Park to assist with the ongoing research on wolf and elk interactions and relationships.
The Wyoming legislature passed a state wolf management bill on the 27th. The bill classifies wolves as
both predators and trophy game depending upon the number of wolf packs in Wyoming. The Service will work
closely with the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission and Department to finalize the state's wolf management
plan to address some lingering Service concerns.
The CENTRAL ROCKIES WOLF PROJECT is pleased to announce that registration has begun for the WORLD WOLF
CONGRESS 2003 - BRIDGING SCIENCE AND COMMUNITY, to be held at the Banff Centre (Banff, Canada) from
September 25-28, 2003. Please visit www.worldwolfcongress.ca
for complete information.
Call for papers: Papers are now being accepted for the 2003 North American Interagency Wolf Conference,
April 8 - 10, 2003 at Chico Hot Springs, Pray, MT. The theme this year is wolf/ungulate relationships.
Please submit a one page single spaced abstract which includes your full contact information, affiliations,
and authors, by email to Joseph Fontaine at Joseph_Fontaine@fws.gov.
Please submit a digital picture related to your research or topic to include in the agenda and on the
website. We can also scan images sent by mail. Registration for the conference will begin November 1, 2002
and you may contact Suzanne Laverty at SLaverty@defenders.org
for details. The registration secure website is
The weekly wolf report can now be viewed at the Service's Region 6 web site at
www.r6.fws.gov/wolf. This report is
government public property and can be used for any purpose. Please distribute as you see fit.
Contact: Ed Bangs (406)449-5225 or Internet - ED_BANGS@FWS.GOV
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