Gray Wolf Recovery
Weekly Progress Report
Week of June 21 - June 27, 2003
NEW WEB ADDRESS - See westerngraywolf.fws.gov/
for maps of wolf pack locations and home ranges, tables of wolf numbers and depredations, and summaries of
Routine trapping to radio-collar wolves as part of the monitoring program in Wyoming has been temporarily
suspended. The summer tourist/back country season has started in earnest and there was a large increase in
activity [hikers, horseman and dogs] in areas where trapping was being conducted. To avoid conflicts with
dogs, trapping is being put on hold, at least in those areas.
The Nez Perce Tribe confirmed that B2 - the old Wildhorse alpha male - does have pups. This new pack is
called the Castle Peak pack and is the second documented pack within the SNRA this summer. B107 - the
Galena pack was the first documented pack within the SNRA this summer. Both packs now residing within the
SNRA are first-year packs composed of an alpha pair and their litter of pups, Castle Peak with 4 and Galena
with 5 pups.
Trapping efforts continue for the Spotted Bear Pack. Pups have been confirmed in the Hog Heaven, Fishtrap,
and Whitefish packs and are suspected in the Kintla, Lazy Creek, Spotted Bear and Ninemile Packs. Efforts
are still underway to locate the Great Divide pack and try and place a collar in the pack.
WE NEED HELP FROM COOPERATORS AND PUBLIC - We are currently into the trapping season, when we try to
radio-collar wolves from previously unknown packs and beef up our collar coverage in known packs. Please
report any sightings of wolf activity to the nearest U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, state Fish and Game
Agency, Forest Service, BLM, Tribal, or USDA Wildlife Services office.
Livestock Depredations & Management (control)
A rancher in central Idaho saw a wolf attacking his calf on private land and shot it. It turned out to be
yearling wolf B131 from the Landmark pack. This is the area where fladry was tested last year and while it
seemed to work short-term, the pack eventually ignored it and began to kill again cattle.
Herders watched as a lone wolf killed a 200lb calf in central Idaho, just north of Arco. They couldn't
react fast enough other than to drive the wolf off the carcass. WS confirmed the loss and traps were set
near the calf's carcass. If the wolf is captured, it will be killed.
We were notified that papers for the Banff September World Wolf Congress accepted papers on N. Rocky
Mountain wolf issues including: Non-Lethal methods to enhance wolf recovery and deter wolf/human conflict
in Montana; Restoration of a gray wolf population in the northwestern United States; Approaches to Wolf
Management and Conservation.
Information, Education & Law Enforcement
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Boise, Idaho filed a request for a clarification of the Judge's order
regarding its prohibition of "any" wolf control in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area on the
18th. The Service asked that non-lethal measurers be allowed by the court should there be a depredation.
The Service assisted in preparing the request and appreciated DOJ's efforts. The Judge signed the order on
the 20th, and the Service received it on the 24th.
On the 25th, Fontaine retrieved the radio collar from B100 from the Big Hole River. The case is under
On the 26th Bangs took the aviation safety for supervisors class. The class was held in Great Falls, MT.
The weekly wolf report can now be viewed at the Service's Region 6 web site at
westerngraywolf.fws.gov. This report is
government public property and can be used for any purpose. Please distribute as you see fit.
Contact: Ed Bangs (406)449-5225 or Internet - ED_BANGS@FWS.GOV
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