Gray Wolf Recovery
Weekly Progress Report
Week of May 18 - May 29, 1998
Packs in the Yellowstone, central Idaho, and NW Montana areas appear to
be primarily in their normal home ranges. There are 6 wild dens in
Yellowstone and 2 of those (Rose and Druid) are believed to have two
litters. A lone female is suspected to have denned north of the Park
on National Forest lands. The wolves, including this year's pups, in
the Nez Perce pen are scheduled for release some time around June 22.
The investigation of the death of the alpha pair of the Landmark pack is
ongoing. Reports from the area shortly after the pairs' death indicated
other wolves were still in the area. The most recent flights indicate
there are likely 7-8 packs that have established dens in central Idaho.
Wolves in at least 6 packs in northwestern Montana are using their
traditional areas and field crews have begun trapping. A female wolf
was collared in Glacier National Park on the 30th.
Three calves were apparently attacked by wolves in the Ninemile Valley
and one will likely die. One wolf will be lethally taken to see if that
stops the pattern of depredations that seems to have developed there
this summer. Hopefully once deer start fawning the depredations will
The Washakie wolf pack (female and 5 yearlings) had localized their
movements on the Diamond G Ranch but left on the 29th and have yet to be
located. Cattle were released from the fenced pasture on the 20th, and
are amongst the grizzly bears and wolves feeding on new-born elk calves
on the ranch. A volunteer pilot and biologist from Jackson are locating
the wolves from the air 3 times a week, the rancher is locating them
daily, and a Service crew went on site to see if any pups could have
been produced this year. No pups were produced.
Nothing new to report.
I & E
The Summer 1998 issue of International Wolf has an article by Bangs on
wolves of Mongolia.
Seasonal employees Colleen O. and Kris H. have been giving programs to
several school groups in the Kalispell area. Seasonal employees with
the Service, Wildlife Services, and Tribe attended a workshop on wolf
handling and trapping in Winchester, Idaho the week of May 20.
Bangs gave a brown presentation to Washington DC staff on the 19th.
!!JOBS!! Attempts to hire 2 permanent field wolf (GS 11/9) biologists
and station them in Wyoming and to hire 2 four-year term biologists (GS
9/7) in Helena, Montana are being accelerated! If you or someone you
know may be interested in these positions, simply send your name and
address and you will be notified once the jobs open. Job advertisement
will likely occur in early July.
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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