Gray Wolf Recovery
Weekly Progress Report

Week of May 21 - May 27, 1997

Monitoring

All Yellowstone wolf packs remain localized within their normal home ranges and 10 females are maintaining dens. The Dubios den has still not been confirmed but the pair localized near Du Noir Creek. Lone wolf #39F was still with the Druid pack dens. Yearling female #48, which escaped the Nez Perce pen remains in the NE corner of the Park. Five Sawtooth yearlings (# 63F, 64F, 65F,67M, and 72M) are still hanging around Hebgen Lake. Another (#68F) continues to use areas around the Nez Perce pen. The last Sawtooth yearling (#69M) travels with 2 older wolves (#29M and 33F) in the western portion of the Park. Another yearling was located south of Yellowstone Park. 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 thePark.

Wolves in central Idaho were located and it appears that there are 7 dens, and 2 possible dens from wolves that are localized but have not settled yet. About 4 other wolf pairs are still travelling together but have not localized.

Monitoring and trapping in NW Montana is being hampered by high water. The seasonal crew continues to locate dens and should begin trapping starting June 2. Please report wolf sightings.

Livestock Depredations & Management (control)

ADC checked out a dead calf north of Gardiner, MT. A radio-collared yearling wolf from the Sawtooth pack was in the general area.

The 4 adult and 4 pup wolves in the Nez Perce pen will be released on June 9.

Research

The Nez Perce Tribe will host a meeting in Missoula, MT on June 26, 27, and 28 to discuss research in the Northern Rocky Mountains.

Information, Education & Law Enforcement

Bangs gave a presentation to the Butte Rotary Club on the 22nd. About 45 people attended.

On the 13th, Fontaine gave a presentation to 60 children and teachers at Birch Creek near Dillon, Montana. Later that day he did another presentation to 100 children and teachers at an outdoor camp in Butte, Montana.

On the 19th, Fontaine gave 3 presentations to approximately 60 children and adults at conservation days in Roundup, Montana.

A training session Wolf Handling with Veterinary Perspectives will be held by Dr. Mark Johnson on May 29-30 at the University ofMontana, Missoula, MT. For information contact Dr. Johnson at (406)848-2275, for registration information contact Clare Kelly at the Univ. of Montana Center for Continuing Education 406)243-4623.

The weekly wolf report can now be viewed at the Service's Region 6 web site at www.r6.fws.gov/wolf.

Contact: Ed Bangs (406)449-5225 or Internet - ED_BANGS@FWS.GOV






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