Gray Wolf Recovery
Weekly Progress Report
Week March 13 - March 16, 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.
The Gros Ventre and Teton packs were located together in the upper Gros Ventre drainage this week. The
Gros Ventre pack hasn't really been seen all winter and has no radioed pack members. The low snow depths
allowed elk to winter over a much wider area than most years and the wolves have been able to successfully
hunt over a very large area.
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 Dubois area was investigated by Jimenez. It appears
that one dog was attacked and injured but survived. Other incidents were spread over several months and
likely involved a mountain lion that was going into a "subdivision" near Dubois for dogs. WY Game and
Fish was notified.
So far this year it has been very quiet in regards to depredations, basically just 2 llamas in NW MT. It
is unknown if that pattern will continue but it has been an unusually mild winter for wild ungulates.
However a lone black wolf that attacked sheep several times near Pinedale, WY has been seen again near
where previous depredations occurred. WS has again been given the authority to take the animal if
encountered, but no intensive deliberate control effort will be initiated unless further livestock are
killed. Also remote activated guards (light and siren devices triggered by a wolf's radio-collar) have
been deployed in Idaho on calving pastures where wolves have been walking through cattle (with no problem
to date) but where depredations occurred last year.
The Yellowstone intensive 30 day spring wolf predation study is ongoing.
Information, Education & Law Enforcement
Bangs, Niemeyer, and Mack met with the Idaho Legislative Oversight Committee in Boise, ID on the 13th to
discuss Service comments on the draft Idaho state wolf plan. About 20 people attended the meeting. On the
14th they met with the Idaho State Senate Natural Resources Committee to update the Committee on the
status of wolf recovery and answer questions.
Bangs submitted the final draft of a multi-agency and multi-author short manuscript for the Univ. of
Michigan's Endangered Species Update "Status of Wolf Restoration in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming". The
Update will contain a series of papers from the Defenders of Wildlife Carnivore Conference that was held
in Denver, CO last fall. Thanks to the coauthors for their comments.
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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