This report includes the most recent location of wolves in the state.
Information will change in accordance with conditions that allow
aerial and/or field monitoring of wolves. Because of the busy field season, updates
may be prepared and disseminated on a somewhat irregular basis through the
summer. Updates will be provided as time and field priorities allow. We
appreciate your understanding and patience. Results of ground field efforts will be
reported at the end of the field season as soon as accurate and complete
information is available.
Information on gray wolf locations is disseminated in this format
weekly, and includes the most recent location of wolves in the
Idaho. Gray wolves are referenced as B-XX-Y. The B identifies
the wolf as a central Idaho animal, numbers identify individuals
and the Y (M or F) indicates male or female.
Wolf locations for this report were obtained from flights conducted
between 17 and 18 June 1998.
All wolves (except lone wolf B-14-M currently in NW Montana) being
monitored via radio-telemetry remain within the experimental area on national
Six of 7 Idaho wolf packs produced pups in 1997. Six additional wolf
pairs have established home ranges in Idaho, some of which may be raising pups
this summer. Three of these wolf pairs include wolves that either were not part of
the translocated experimental population, or are wolves with failed radio
collars. Aerial wolf pair surveys indicate up to 8 pairs and packs of wolves
may be raising pups this summer. Ground crews are currently conducting
initial ground assessments of all suspected breeding pairs. Updated information
regarding numbers of breeding pairs will be available after this initial
assessments has been completed. Final determination of the number of breeding pairs
will be reported at the end of the field season when accurate and complete
information is available.
Summer field efforts were initiated on 18 May. Nez Perce Tribal
crews, assisted by the University of Idaho, and Wildlife Services will be
documenting wolf reproduction, working closely with cooperators and landowners on
the ground through the livestock grazing season, and implementing a summer long
wolf capture and collaring effort
North of the Salmon River
Two wolf packs and 2 wolf pairs occur in this area. In addition, 3
lone wolves frequent habitats north of the Salmon River.
Panhandle, Clearwater and Lolo National Forests
Wolf pair B-20-F and B-31-M were located together in the upper St. Joe
The Kelly Creek pack including wolf B-15-F was located north of Lolo
Pass on the Lolo National Forest. The alpha male of the Kelly Creek pack was
captured and fitted with a radio collar. A long standing mystery has finally been
solved as the identity of the alpha male is now known. As suspected, the alpha
male of the Kelly Creek pack is wolf 9013, the Kelly Creek male, which was
collared in 1990 by wolf researcher Diane Boyd-Heger working for the University of
Montana's Wolf Ecology Project. Wolf 9013 was an adult member of the Camas pack
in Glacier National Park at the time he was captured and collared. In 1991, 9013
traveled south and west through western Montana where he was monitored by wolf
researcher Mike Jimenez, studying the Nine Mile wolf pack. Mike Jimenez and
others continued to monitor 9013 as he established a territory in the Kelly
Creek country of Idaho from the beginning of 1992 until his radio failed
during late summer of 1993. During this time wolf 9013 became known as the Kelly
Creek wolf. B-15-F and 9013 paired in 1995, produced their first litter of
pups in 1996, and may be raising their second litter this summer.
B-11-F was located in the Lolo Creek drainage, Montana. B-07-M was not located.
Wolf B-12-M was located in the upper Fish Creek drainage, in Montana.
Nez Perce National Forest
Wolf B-33-M was located in the Lake Creek drainage of the Gospel Hump Wilderness.
Female Boulder Pack yearling wolf B-43-F was last located on 4 June along the
Main Salmon River in the Yellow Pine Bar area.
The Selway pack wolves continue to move widely within their home range. They
were last located in the headwaters of the Noble Creek drainage.
South of the Salmon River
Five wolf packs and 4 wolf pairs occur in this area. All five packs
produced wolf pups in 1997; two of these packs also produced pups in 1996.
Payette National Forest
The Chamberlain Basin pack was located in the Lodgepole Creek drainage
in Chamberlain Basin.
Wolf B-22-F was located in the Monumental Creek drainage.
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Wolves B-30-F, B-28-M were located in the headwaters of the South Fork
of the Salmon River. We could not locate B-19-M.
The Jureano Mountain wolf pack was located in the Haystack Mountain area.
We did not locate wolf B-24-M.
The Moyer Basin pack was located in the Silver Creek drainage.
Wolf B-35-F and Wolf B-18-M were located in the Warm Spring Creek drainage.
Sawtooth National Forest
The Stanley Basin pack was located on the east side of Stanley Basin.
Wolf B-36-F was located in the headwaters of the East Fork of the Salmon River.
B-02-M was not located.