Idaho Wolf Update
Week of May 12 - May 18, 2002

Monitoring

Monitoring priorities during May will focus on tracking the movements and activities of collared wolves, and locating wolf pack den sites in preparation for the summer field season.

As the wolf population continues to expand, an increased number of wolves will be uncollared compounding the difficult task of documenting formation of new packs. The Wolf Recovery Program relies on wolf sighting reports from the public to identify potential areas to survey for new wolf pack activity. Past reports of wolf activity that we have received have led to the documentation of the Wildhorse and Gold Fork packs. We are currently working with residents in areas around Riggings, Fairfield, and Salmon, Idaho, and Alta, Montana to document the status of reported wolf activity. We are also planning to initiate similar efforts in the Horseshoe Bend area. A community meeting has been scheduled for the end of April. We would like to thank all those who have taken the time to report observed wolf activity and are hopeful that continued help from the public will result in confirmation of additional wolf packs. The Recovery Program encourages the public to report all sightings of wolves or their sign. Sightings can be reported to the Recovery Program by mail at Gray Wolf Recovery Program, Nez Perce Tribe, P.O. Box 1922, McCall, ID 83638, or by phone at (208) 634-1061, or by email at cmack@nezperce.org; or Carter Niemeyer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1387 S. Vinnell Way, Rm 368, Boise, ID 83709, (208) 378-5347.

During the last weekly report, report for May 5-11, it was incorrectly reported B93 and B97 were denning. The report should have stated that B93 and B95 are denning. B97 is associated with the Moyer pack whose reproductive status is unknown at this time.

Outreach, Information, Education, & Coordination

Outreach priorities during this time of year focus on informing rural communities, agencies, and potentially affected landowner of known wolf activity in new area across the state; soliciting the public's assistance to document new un-collared packs across the state; and providing information to the public about wolves and the Wolf Recovery Program through updates and progress reports. All of these efforts are prioritized according to availability of time, staff, and funding.

On 16 May, Regional US Fish and Wildlife Service Director Anne Badgley hosted an information-gathering workshop in Boise, Idaho. Wolf Recovery Program personnel from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wildlife Services, and the Nez Perce Tribe; Idaho Congressional staffers from Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo, and Congressman Mike Simpson; and the Governor's Office of Species Conservation met with wolf advocates to discuss wolf management and delisting issues. Conservation Groups represented included the Defenders of Wildlife, the Idaho Conservation League, the National Fish and Wildlife Federation, Western Watersheds Project, Wolf Education and Research Center, and the Wolf Recovery Foundation.

Topics discussed included delisting timing and recovery criteria, population viability, recovery of wolves outside the Northern Rocky Mountain Recovery Region, current agency wolf management and control, post-delisting State management, program costs, illegal take of wolves, federal trust responsibilities on behalf the Nez Perce Tribe, information and education, and social aspects of wolf recovery.

This was a very informative and productive meeting, furthering working relationships within conservation groups and between the environmental community, the Recovery Program, and Idaho State elected officials. The importance of coordination and collaboration among all stakeholders to resolve social conflicts surrounding wolf recovery and delisting was expressed by all participants.

On 18 May, Wolf Recovery Personnel from the Nez Perce Tribe and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service participated in the Idaho Conservation Leagues' annual meeting in Stanley, Idaho. Curt Mack and Carter Niemeyer led a "wolf walk" for around 20 conference participants to discuss wolf biology, management, and recovery in Idaho.

Management & Control

Recovery Program personnel continue to work with area livestock producers to minimize wolf depredations on livestock.

Volunteer Opportunity

The Nez Perce Tribe is seeking volunteers to assist on the Idaho Gray Wolf Recovery Program for the 2002 field season. This is a great opportunity to gain valuable field experience while working in the rugged and beautiful backcountry of Idaho. Volunteers will work with Tribal wolf biologists to document the reproductive status of known wolf packs across the state, survey for new wolf pack activity, capture and radio-collar wolves, and work with cooperating agencies to manage wolves.

Term and Compensation: Field season runs from May 15 through 30 September. Work schedule is based on 10 days on and 4 days off. Volunteers willing to commit for the entire summer will be given preference. Transportation will be provided as well as a daily per diem of $15.00 while on duty. Some housing may be available.

For more information please contact the Nez Perce Tribe Gray Wolf recovery Project by phone at (208) 634-1061 or by e-mail at cherir@nezperce.org. Please submit a current resume by 30 April 2002 to:

Cheri Ramos
Nez Perce Tribe
Wolf Recovery Project
PO Box 1922
McCall, Idaho 83638



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