Gray Wolf Recovery
Weekly Progress Report
Week of Jun 30 - Jul 7, 1997
All Yellowstone wolf packs remain localized within their normal home ranges and 12 groups of pups are being
Wolves in central Idaho were located and 23 of 29 wolves appeared to have paired. It appears that one
litter has been abandoned and there are now six litters being raised and field crews are ground-checking
Monitoring and trapping in NW Montana continues. Three wolves in the Murphy Lake pack were radio-collared
and are being monitored. Two wolves from the Ninemile pack were radio-collared and released. Trapping will
be begin at Thompson River and north of Whitefish this week.
Livestock Depredations & Management (control)
Control efforts on the Boulder wolf pack near Helena, Montana (NW Montana) continue to evolve. The plan is
to try and remove at least one adult, preferably the adult male, and leave the 2 other adults to tend the
5 pups while efforts are made to capture them. The pups would be placed in a pen with two adults that are
being held in Idaho. If depredations resume, control will become more aggressive. Several animal rights
organizations were very upset about the control of the Boulder wolves and send out an alert. On Thursday
the office was flooded with calls and faxes. Most of the concern was about the fate of the pups. Litigation
was threatened and the control effort is being coordinated with Department attorneys.
Traps are being set by ADC to try and capture and radio-collar a wolf west of Augusta, MT. The rancher
reported seeing an adult with at least 3 pups. Any further control will depend on what is learned or if
there are other losses.
The modification of the special rule to clarify the Service's authority to manage suspected captive wolves
and wolf hybrids is undergoing final review. It will be submitted for publication in the federal register,
be publicized, and have public review this summer.
The second research meeting by the Nez Perce tribe will occur in Moscow, ID September 3-5 and will focus
on wolf/livestock and human dimensions of wolf restoration. Contact the Tribe for further information.
Information, Education & Law Enforcement
Efforts continue in Idaho to notify rancher in areas where wolves appear to be raising pups.
The weekly wolf report can now be viewed at the Service's Region 6 web site at
Contact: Ed Bangs (406)449-5225 or Internet - ED_BANGS@FWS.GOV
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