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 conducted
between 29 and 30 April 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 produced pups in 1997. Five additional wolf pairs have
established home ranges 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
North of the Salmon River
Up to ten radio-collared wolves remain north of the Salmon River.
Two wolf packs and 2-3 wolf pairs occur in this area. One litter of 5
pups was produced in 1997 north of the Salmon River.
Bitterroot National Forest
The female Boulder Pack pup continues localized movements around
the Hornocker Wildlife Institute Research Facility. She was last
located in the Gardiner Creek drainage about 2 miles northeast of the
The Selway pack wolves including adults B-5-M and B-10-F were
located in the Storm Creek drainage, south of Hell's Half Acre.
Panhandle, Clearwater and Lolo National Forests
The Kelly Creek pack including wolf B-15-F continues to move widely
with no indications of denning. The Kelly Creek female traveled from her
last location in the Granite Creek drainage just north of Lolo Pass, to
Grasser Creek a tributary to Kelly Creek, just southwest of Kelly's Thumb.
B-20-F and B-31-M were again located together in the upper St. Joe
Wolf B-11-F and Wolf B-07-M were again located in the south fork of
Wolf B-12-M was again located in the upper Fish Creek drainage,
just upstream from the confluence of Cache Creek.
Nez Perce National Forest
Wolf B-33-M was located in the Lookout Butte area northwest of Elk City.
South of the Salmon River
Up to 23 radio-collared wolves remain south of the Salmon River.
Nine wolf pairs occur in this area including five pairs that have produced
25-27 wolf pups in 1997; 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 the Whimstick Creek drainage.
Wolf B-22-F and her associate were again located in the West Fork Monumental Creek drainage.
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Wolves B-30-F, B-28-M and wolf B-19-M continue to explore new
territory down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. B-28 and B-30 were
located together near the mouth of Marble Creek. B-19 was last located
near Sunflower Flats just downstream of Thomas Creek.
Landmark pack alpha female (B-06-F) and male (B-08-M) were found
dead between Pistol and Elkhorn Creek. B-08-M's carcass could not be
retrieved as he was submersed in the Middle Fork Salmon River. The
carcass of B-06-F was sent the National Forensics Lab in Ashland
Oregon for necropsy. Both mortalities are under investigation by Fish and
Wildlife Service Law Enforcement.
The Jureano Mountain wolf pack including wolves B-25-F and B-32-M
remain in the Pine Creek drainage a tributary to the main Salmon River, just
east from the mouth of Panther Creek.
We did not locate wolf B-24-M.
The Moyer Basin pack including wolves B-29-M and B-37-F and their
pups were again located at the head of Silver Creek.
Wolf B-35-F and Wolf B-18-M remain in the Warm Spring Creek drainage.
B-02-M was not located.
Sawtooth National Forest
Wolf B-23-F and Wolf B-27-M and pups were located on the east side
of Stanley Basin around Little Redfish Lake. Movements of this pack
do not indicate signs of denning.
Wolf B-36-F remains in the headwaters of the East Fork of the
Salmon River. She was last located just downstream from the confluence with the
South Fork of the East Fork.