Idaho Wolf Update
March 1, 1998
Information on gray wolf locations is disseminated in this format
weekly, and includes the most recent location of wolves in the
Idaho. Gray wolves are referenced as B-XX-Y. The B identifies
the wolf as a central Idaho animal, numbers identify individuals
and the Y (M or F) indicates male or female.
Wolf locations for this report were obtained from flights during
28 February through 1 March, 1998.
All wolves being monitored via radio-telemetry remain within
the experimental area, most on national forest land.
Twenty-three radio-collared wolves being monitored are paired
or packmates. Six of 8 Idaho wolf packs in 1997 produced pups.
Five additional wolf pairs have established in Idaho and may
produce pups in 1998. Three of these wolf pairs include wolves
that either were not part of the translocated experimental
population, or, are wolves with failed radios. Idaho's known
wolf population consists of 8 wolf packs, 5 established wolf pairs,
and at least 3 lone males. 3 of 5 previously lone males have recently
been located with other wolves during February, probably due to females in estrus and
the breeding period. Wolf B-33-M is associating with wolves in
Chamberlain Basin where he lingered throughout the summer
and fall, 1997. Tracks suggest he is with more than one additional
wolf, all of which we believe to be yearling plus wolves from the
Chamberlain Pack. However, by March 1 he had left Chamberlain
Basin and had traveled north of the Salmon River and West to the
head of Slate Creek. Wolf B-12-M has been frequenting the Kelly
Creek pack, and joined the pack for 2 weeks. He lingered near
them within a mile for several days, and could not be located
anywhere near the pack by March 1. Wolf B-31-M has joined
wolf B-20-F north of Kelly Creek in the Chamberlain Meadows
area, and was located again with her on March 1. Wolf B-02-M
was located after 1.5 years within 1.5 miles of Wolf B-36-F and an
apparently uncollared wolf. On March 1 he was located at the
head of Trail Creek near Ketchum, Idaho.
We have now observed the Landmark pack on three occasions
between December and February with 7 wolves. This pack was
previously 10 in number, post- hunting season. Because we had
replicate counts and good information on colors of pups in both
1996 and 1997 litters, we believe that three of the yearling (
approaching 2 yrs of age) wolves from this pack have dispersed,
probably in December.
North of the Salmon River
Up to 10 radio-collared wolves remain north of the Salmon River.
Two wolf packs and 2 to 3 wolf pairs occur in this area. One litter
of 5 pups were produced this year north of the Salmon River.
Distinct from anytime prior to the week of 9 February, the
Chamberlain Basin pack has been located on two occasions a
week apart north of the Salmon River.
Bitterroot National Forest
The Stewart Pair including Wolf B-11-F and Wolf B-07-M were
located in the Bitterroot Valley in Sweathouse Creek on Montana
Fish, Wildlife and Parks land. As of March 1 they were located in
the Bitterroot Valley between Mill and Blodgett Creek. We are
monitoring their movements daily from the air and/or ground.
Elk and deer densities in this area are high, and the confining of
their movements over a four day period suggest they are at a kill.
Both wolves have remained on national forests land during
daytime and night monitoring.
Two wolf pups being held at the Hornocker Institute facility in
the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness have grown to more than 2/3
adult size. They continue to eat regularly and are doing well.
They will be released in the Selway River drainage at the
Hornocker pen with radio transmitters during early spring, 1998.
Clearwater National Forest (and Lolo National Forest, Montana)
The Kelly Creek Pack including Wolf B-15-F was located in
Oriole Creek in the Fish Creek drainage, Montana. They have
been recently joined and lately followed by Wolf B-12-M. Wolf
B-12-M was 20 miles distant from the Kelly Creek pack on 17
February after spending more than a week with the pack. He was
within a mile on 18 February.We did not locate Wolf-B-12-M on
Idaho Panhandle Forest
B-20-F was located in the North Fork Clearwater River with Wolf
B-31-M in the immediate vicinity of wintering moose. Both
wolves have been involved in sheep depredations. There are no
known domestic sheep grazing allotments in the vicinity of these
2 wolves. As of March 1 Wolf-B-20-F was located a mile north of
her previous location in the North Fork Clearwater River. She
remains with Wolf B-31-M.
Nez Perce National Forest
The Selway Pack, including wolves B-5-M and B-10-F could not be
locate due to weather.
The Selway Pack, and their yearling pups, were located just west
of the 1996 den area in upper Bargamin Creek during the
February 16-February 19 flights.
Wolf B-33-M was located at the head of Slate Creek north of the
Salmon River. He was last located in McCalla Creek just below
the confluence of Whimstick Creek, Payette National Forest.
South of the Salmon River
Up to 25 radio-collared wolves remain south of the Salmon River.
Six wolf packs and 3 wolf pairs occur in this area. Five wolf pairs
produced 25-27 wolf pups this year; two of these pairs also
produced pups in 1996.
Payette National Forest
The Chamberlain Basin Pack including adults Wolf B-16-F , Wolf
B-9-M, and pups were located in Acorn Creek in the Big Creek
drainage. They were last located north of the Salmon River in
The Dorris Pair including Wolf B-22-F and her associate believed
to be Wolf B-34-M were located between the West Fork of Rush
Creek and Monumental Creek.
Boise National Forest
Bear Valley Pack wolves B-30-F, Wolf B-28-M and Wolf B-19-M
were located in Lodgepole Creek. During the flights done 16
February-19 February, the Bear Valley Pack wolves B-30-F, Wolf
B-28-M and Wolf B-19-M were located and observed sleeping
above the confluence of Bear Valley Creek and Marsh Creek.
They were located again on 16 February a mile north of Highway
21 along Marsh Creek.
Landmark Pack wolves B-06-F, Wolf B-08-M, were located
among wintering elk and mule deer in the South Fork of White
Creek near the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. This is the
farthest extension of their range north that we have witnessed
since monitoring this pack began in 1996.
Salmon-Challis National Forest
The Jureano Mountain Pack including wolves B-25-F and B-32-M
and their pups were located in Pine Creek.
The Moyer Basin Pack including wolves B-29-M and B-37-F and
their pups were located in Silver Creek just east of Birdseye
The Danner Pair including wolves B-35-F and Wolf B-18-M were
located in Triple Creek in the Loon Creek drainage.
We did not locate Wolf B-24-M.
Sawtooth National Forest
The Sawtooth Pack including wolves B-23-F, Wolf B-27-M and
pups were located and observed above an elk kill in the Salmon
River drainage east of Stanley.
The White Clouds Pair including wolf B-36-F and a gray
apparently uncollared wolf were located near what appeared to
be a dug-up carcass in the head of Little Boulder Creek.
Wolf B-02-M was located at the head of Trail Creek near
The Nez Perce Tribe has submitted a winter monitoring proposal
to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation for their assistance in
assessing winter prey selection by wolves in four regions of
Idaho. Ungulate wintering areas include the North Fork
Clearwater, Panther Creek, Big Creek, and Upper Middle Fork Salmon River.
Cooperators are the Hornocker Wildlife Institute, University of Idaho, Idaho
Department of Fish and Game, U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service, and Regions 1 and 4, U.S. Forest
Service. Methods to be used will be identical with these
employed by Yellowstone National Park. The study period, if
approved, will extend from mid-February through mid-April.
The second meeting designed to extend the discussions on
predator-prey interactions and focus on wolf-livestock and
human dimensions of wolf restoration was delayed until a 1998
budget was available. With the budget now in place we will
attempt to identify dates to reconvene this effort.
Evening programs to share information on the results of
monitoring efforts across the State with Idaho residents in rural
and urban communities are in progress. The Project Leader has
given presentations during the past 3 weeks to the Environmental
Science and Research Foundation Board of Directors (formerly
Idaho national Engineering Laboratory), Lemhi County Agric.
School and Stockgrowers, Morgan Creek Cattle Association,
Soulen Livestock, and assisted film crews of the Canadian
Broadcasting Corp. and Japanese Broadcasting Corp. Meetings
are scheduled for Salmon, Challis, Stanley, and Rexburg during
the third week in March.
Efforts to work with houndsmen continue so that conflicts
between hounds used for pursuit of mountain lions and wolves
are reduced to the extent possible.
Calving began in the Salmon area during the week of 12 January.
To date there have been no conflicts with wolves in calving areas.
Tribe personnel will attempt to continue to work closely with
area residents on the location of wolves in that vicinity.
Nothing to report.
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