Gray Wolf Recovery
Weekly Progress Report
Week of May 9 - May 15, 1998
Packs in the Yellowstone, central Idaho, and NW Montana areas appear to be in the normal
home ranges. Wolf activity is centered around the den sites and there is no significant
monitoring activity to pass along. On May 14 the field crews departed for the Kalispell
and Libby areas. Searches will begin in the Yaak and Thompson River areas with no trapping
until spring black bear season ends on May 15. Trapping will begin as soon as possible in
Glacier National Park. Three of the crew members will attend a capture and handling course
for wolves in Winchester, Idaho on May 19-21.
On April 9, 1998 Wildlife Services investigated the loss of a newborn calf in the Ninemile
Valley, Montana. A number of wolf tracks were in the area where the calf had been laying.
Traps were set on April 13 to try and prevent additional depredations by capturing and radio
collaring a wolf or wolves that might return to the area. On April 17 a 75 pound yearling
female wolf was captured, radio collared and released on site. The calf was found on April
21 floating in a stream near the area. Onsite necropsy of the calf indicated it had been
killed by wolves. On May 10 Wildlife Services investigated the death of another calf at a
nearby ranch. They confirmed that it had been killed by wolves. Traps were set and on May
13, 2 wolves were killed; a 2 year old male and a 2 year old female. No further control
will be conducted unless there are additional depredations.
Since 1990 only 4 calves have been killed by wolves in the Ninemile Valley. Prior control
measures consisted of trapping, radio collaring and releasing the wolf(ves) on site.
Unfortunately this did not work this time. Wolves have occupied the Ninemile area for the
last 9 years and these are the first 2 wolves that had to be lethally controlled due to
We are still begging, whining and pleading for any wolf observations. The field season is
just beginning and it's important to note any and all wolf sign. Please pass this on to
your field crews. They can call Joe Fontaine at (406) 449-5225 ext 206 or send us a card
Nothing new to report.
I & E
!!JOBS!! Attempts to hire 2 field wolf biologists and station them in Wyoming are being
accelerated! If you or someone you know may be interested in these positions please
contact Ed Bangs. These positions will likely be filled at the GS-9 and GS-11 level.
Recruitment will be done over the next several months. We are particularly interested
in experienced wolf or large carnivore biologists in or outside of Government Service.
Doug Smith and Roy Heberger held a public meeting in Rexburg, Idaho to talk about wolf
issues with the livestock producers.
Fontaine, Oakleaf and Lindsey travelled to Troy, MT to meet with Montana Department of
Fish Wildlife and Parks, Forest Service and the Grizzly Bear Recovery biologist to discuss
the trapping operation. They then went to the Yaak to give a presentation about wolf
recovery. Only a few people attended the meeting and it was suggested that another time
be scheduled that would allow more people to attend. A letter was mailed to each of the
180 Yaak residents inviting them to the presentation at the Yaak Community Center on May
18 at 7 pm. The letter also contained a brief status of the wolf recovery program.
The weekly wolf report can now be viewed at the Service's Region 6 web site at http://www.r6.fws.gov/wolf
Contact: Ed Bangs (406)449-5225 or Internet-ED_BANGS@FWS.GOV
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