Gray Wolf Recovery
Weekly Progress Report
Week April 21 - April 27, 2001
It appears that most packs have localized and have denned but there are a few that are still being
investigated to make that determination. This will be an ongoing process followed by pup counts where
and when possible.
As of 4/27 the 5 released (3/28) Boulder wolves were together southeast of Libby Dam. Their new location
is not far from the Little Wolf pack territory. Monitoring of the Boulder 5 will continue. The number
of wolves in the Boulder pack south of Avon is now down to 5 with the dispersal of a radio collared
yearling male to the Ovando area. Although the alpha male's radio collar was not transmitting, he was
seen from the air with 3 other wolves. A check of the den site showed where the female has been traveling
in the snow down to water.
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)
About 30 sheep have been confirmed killed by the Gravelly pack on private land next to the Blacktail
Game range southeast of Dillon, MT. The radio collared black yearling male was located near the sheep
but alone on several occasions. WS is tracking the radioed wolf in order to locate the remainder of the
pack and any possible den site. Once the den site is found, the alpha female, pups and alpha male will be
captured and placed in the acclimation pen along with other pack members, if they can be captured. On the
27th another yearling male was darted and placed in the acclimation pen on the Flying D Ranch. The first
radio collared male was still in the area but no other wolves were located. No additional sheep have been
A lone depredating wolf near Pinedale, WY killed a calf in the same general vicinity as previous depredations.
On 4/25 a permit was issued to 2 landowners who have had depredations and the opportunity to shoot the
wolf on sight on their private property. WS is also trying to shoot that wolf as soon as the opportunity
A reported wolf depredation in the Thompson River drainage on the 20th was investigated by Wildlife Service.
The calf was not killed by or fed on by wolves.
Nothing new to report.
Information, Education & Law Enforcement
Jimenez participated in the Jackson elk herd cooperative management meeting in Jackson, WY on the 24th.
WY Game and Fish, Grand Teton National Park and the Forest Service were represented.
Smith gave a presentation to about 15 students from Southern Idaho University, Twin Falls. He will also
be making a presentation at an art show in Troy, Ohio next week.
On the 23rd the Tribe, FWS and WS met with Custer County Commissioners and some concerned citizens in
Challis, Idaho. A presentation was made by the Tribe on the 24th to the McCall Optimists. The Tribe
and WS also did a presentation for the Young Idaho Cattleman Association on the 28th in Challis, Idaho.
Because of the administration change and a backlog of personnel actions related to the large number of
new fire positions in the western U.S., the two seasonal wolf jobs will not be filled until mid to late
May at the earliest. Final applicants will be interviewed and notified ASAP, but with 85 applicants,
competition will be intense.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service issued a news release that confirmed illegal poisoning as the cause of
death of 2 Idaho gray wolves. Necropsies confirmed that Idaho wolf #37 (found on Salmon-Challis National
Forest) and B-96 (found about 20 miles north of Fairfield, ID and had also been shot) were killed by
baits poisoned with Compound 1080. Possibly 2 other wolves from the Moyer Basin may have also been
poisoned. Compound 1080 is a highly toxic substance that is illegal to possess. Service Special Agent
Paul Weyland cautioned anyone in the out of doors "If you see a carcass, pile of meat, or a pile of dead
birds or smaller mammals, please contact a law enforcement office immediately. We are very concerned for
the safety of dogs and children, as well as wildlife that may be harmed by this illegal practice." FWS
Service agents can be contacted at (208)378-5333 [Boise, ID], (208)523-0855 [Idaho Falls, ID],
(307)261-6365 [Lander, WY], (406)582-0336 [Bozeman, MT] or (406)329-3000 [Missoula, MT].
The 2000 annual report was completed and all hard copies were mailed this week. The report is available at
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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