Idaho Wolf Update
Week of May 19 - May 25, 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 Riggins, 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. 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.

Outreach, Information, Education, & Coordination

Outreach priorities during this time of year focus on informing rural communities, agencies, and potentially affected landowners of known wolf activity in new areas 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.

Wildlife Services' Rick Williamson and U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Carter Niemeyer conducted surveys in the Moyer Basin and Gibbonsville, ID areas to attempt to document wolf activity there.

Isaac Babcock, project volunteer, also spent time in the Moyer Basin area before moving on to the Jureano Mt. Pack territory to obtain a pup count.

Seasonal biologist Adam Gall joined the program this week. He surveyed the prospective denning areas of the Gold Fork and Orphan packs.

C. Mack and J. Holyan conducted interviews with candidates for the remaining seasonal biologist position. Volunteers for the summer field season have been selected as well. Resumes for volunteer positions will still be accepted in the case that unforeseen vacancies may arise during the course of the season. See below.

Management & Control

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

Wolves in the Garden Valley, ID area killed a hound dog. No control action was initiated. This is within the territory of the Scott Mt. Pack.

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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