Gray Wolf Recovery
Weekly Progress Report
Week March 6 - March 12, 2001
WOLF FIELD JOBS - The Service is advertising for 2 GS-7, 6-month field jobs beginning March 5.
The application period closes March 16. The jobs involve locating, capturing, and monitoring wolves.
The positions will go from May until November. Some assistance with reducing livestock conflict,
including aversive conditioning or harassing wolves near livestock may be required. One position will
be stationed in Helena, MT and the other in Lander, WY. Extensive travel and field work will be required.
Public communication skills are a must. To learn more see http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/wfjic/jobs/ir7950.htm.
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
is being finalized and will be published in the 2000 annual report which should be out later this month.
A pack of 3 black and 2 gray wolves were reportedly seen on the Blacktail State Game Range, northeast of
Dillon, MT. This is probably the Gravelly pack that has no radio-collared members. Fontaine flew the area
on the 6th but did not locate any wolves. Wildlife Services was in the area doing coyote work and they
were going to dart and radio-collar any wolves seen during their work. We will continue to keep an eye
on this area, since thousands of sheep will soon be nearby.
Wolf sighting reports indicate that there are 3 wolves in the remote Beartooth area, southwest of Red
On the 9th, the alpha male (120 lbs.) and a yearling male (113 lbs). were darted and radio-collared in
the Sunlight Basin pack. Jimenez, Bangs, and Special Agent Eicher participated. Attempts to dart other
wolves in WY were not successful due to weather, logistics, and wolf location.
Volunteers working in the Dubious area counted 6 members in the Washakie pack, which means this pack
apparently produced pups in 2000. Repeated attempts to get more collars in this pack has been
unsuccessful so far because of logistics or the pack has been in heavy timber, but efforts are continuing.
Please report wolf sightings!! 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 rumor/report of several dogs being attacked in the Dubious area was investigated by Jimenez but at this
point it most of it appears to be unconfirmed. No formal complaints have been received.
Trapping for the wolves that killed the llama in McGinnis meadows is continuing but no wolves have return
to be captured so far.
The Yellowstone intensive 30 day spring wolf predation study is ongoing.
Information, Education & Law Enforcement
On the 12th, Fontaine and WS specialist Jim Stevens met with ranchers in the Hall, MT area. This was
near the area where 3 wolves killed 3 sheep early this winter.
Meier accompanied Carolyn Sime to a meeting with other MT DW&P biologists from Regions 1 and 2 on the
8th. The state wolf planning effort and the status of wolf recovery was discussed.
The Annual North American Wolf Conference will be held at Chico Hot Springs, April 3, 1PM until noon,
April 5. Information about the conference or to register contact Suzanne Laverty at 208-424-9385. The
final agenda will be available March 2nd.
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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