All Yellowstone wolf packs remain localized within their normal home ranges and are maintaining dens. The
Thorofare pair finally localized enough to suggest a den site. The Yellowstone recovery area has 9 breeding
pairs (packs) and up to 13 litters in 1997 (including the litter that died, the litter in captivity, and
the suspected litter of the Dubios pair). Surprisingly, only one den (Dubios) is outside the Park. Five
Sawtooth yearlings are still hanging around Hebgen Lake with two 2-year olds. A yearling female that had
been travelling with that group but had not been located with them for several days was found dead near
Alder, MT. The incident is under investigation by Service LE.
Female wolf #27, her daughter from 1995 (the 4 new pup's mother), and 2 male Sawtooth pups are being held
in the Nez Perce pen. A yearling female apparently escaped the pen by crawling over a tree that fell
against the fence. The 8 wolves will probably be released right from the pen in late June.
The Nez Perce Tribe continues to monitor the movements of 27 gray wolves distributed throughout central
Idaho. Four wolves have died and 2 others have been missing for over 10 months. Two wolves are being held
in captivity and will be released in June. Nine radio-collared pairs remain north of theSalmon River.
Three potential breeding pairs are in this area including a pair that produced 2 pups in 1996. Twenty-two
radio-collared wolves are south of the Salmon River, including 9 potential breeding pairs. Two of those
produced pups in 1996.
Monitoring in NW Montana should pick up shortly. The Service's seasonal field crew finished preparing equipment and ordering supplies. A wolf handling season is being planned for later this month. The crew should be looking for wolves in NW Montana by the 14th and trapping shortly thereafter.
Please help them locate wolf packs by being aware of wolf reports in your area and forwarding those reports
to us quickly.
The crew will be staying at the Murphy Lake Ranger Station. You can contact them through the Service's
Helena Office (ask for Joe Fontaine) or at the Forest Service bunk house at Murphy Lake.
The weekly wolf report can now be viewed at the Service's Region 6 web site at