Gray Wolf Recovery
Weekly Progress Report
Week Mar 18 - Mar 24, 2000
Core packs in the Yellowstone, central Idaho, and NW Montana
are generally in their normal home ranges and should be checking
out denning sites in the next few weeks. See the 1999 annual
http://mountain-prairie.fws.gov/wolf/annualrpt99/ for a
map of those pack locations and home ranges.
Wolf pairs have bred and we anticipate that several new packs
will form this spring. We have received many wolf observation
reports that are helping us to look for wolf activity in some
new areas and beginning to schedule potential spring/summer capture
efforts. Please continue to report wolf sightings so that we can
focus any aircraft searches for missing radio-collared wolves or
our track surveys in areas of concentrated wolf activity this
winter and spring.
Livestock Depredations & Management (control)
Two (or possibly up to 4) of the remaining uncollared wolves
from the Twin Peaks pack wounded another calf and killed 2
others this week on the Broken Wing Ranch (total of 1 wounded
and 4 killed). Tracks from 2 wolves were found near the last
calf killed and one was captured by WS radio-collared and
released on site. That sub-adult is being located via telemetry
and when it joins up with other wolves in the area, it and any
companions will be killed. Visual observations indicated the
radioed wolf is still alone and control is being put off until,
maybe next week, if it joins up with other wolves.
On the 21st, 3 sub-adult males (2 were radioed collared) from the
Little Wolf pack (2 adults plus 8-9 young of the year) were
traveling together and killed for depredation. The 2 radio
collared wolves were the same wolves located at the site where
the yearling steer was killed last week. They, along with another
unmarked wolf, returned to the carcass to feed the next night.
Hopefully their removal will prevent further livestock conflicts.
An attempt was made to recollar the alpha male but it was
unsuccessful because he slipped into the trees. No further
control will occur unless other livestock are attacked. The
alpha male and a sub-adult female remain radioed.
WS investigated a report of a wounded calf, possibly attacked
by wolves, near Deer Lodge, MT on the 20th. The calf was bitten
by what could have been wolves but no wolf sign was located.
Ranchers in the area report seeing 4 wolves in what would be
the Boulder pack territory. The situation is being watched
now and if the opportunity presents itself a wolf will be
trapped and radio-collared. When the Boulder alpha male
disappeared in late fall 1999, radio contact with the pack
The spring 30-day session of the Yellowstone intensive wolf
predation study continuesuntil next week. The 45 radioed
elk in Yellowstone National Park are being monitored by the
3 graduate students who are working on various phases of the
project for their Master Degrees. Shaney Evans is working
with Dr. Dave Mech, Julie Mao with Dr. Mark Boyce, and Greg
Wright with Dr. Rolf Peterson.
Information, Education & Law Enforcement
Bangs gave a talk to about 120 Helena Middle School students
on the 21st.
Fontaine gave a presentation to about 25 members and guests
of the Society of American Foresters at a meeting in Kalispell
on the 21st.
On the 9th, Fontaine gave a presentation to 20 biologists
and managers from the Arid Lands National Wildlife Refuge
and Department of Energy in central WA. Joe was there on
a detail, helping the Refuge remove about 175 elk because
of private and public land habitat damage complaints.
Dr. Dave Mech, a principle investigator on the elk study in
Yellowstone National Park, gave a presentation in Gardiner,
MT. Smith and Yellowstone National Park also hosted
representatives and board members from the International
Wolf Center in Ely, MN.
The Annual Northern Rocky Mountain Wolf Conference is
scheduled for Chico Hot Springs, April 11-13. Juan Carlos
Blanco will talk on Wolf Recolonization in Spain for the
banquet. Wolf management issues from around the United
States will be presented.
Bangs will be on leave from March 25-April 2. Calls can
be forwarded to Helena 406-449-5225 x206 Joe Fontaine,
x207 Diane Boyd, or x219 Tom Meier.
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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