Idaho Wolf Update
July 10, 1998

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.


Summary

Here is the latest information on the Idaho wolves. It is based on flights in late June and early July plus an on-the-ground investigation.

The radio collar of lone wolf B12M has been retrieved near Lolo Pass on the Montana side of the pass. The radio collar had been cut off. An investigation is in progress.

B12 was one of the original wolves brought down from Alberta in 1995. He had never paired. For the last few months he had been located in Fish Creek about five miles from U.S. Highway 12, which goes over Lolo Pass.

Pups have so far been observed among seven packs or pairs of wolves. Two additional packs or pairs of wolves are believed to have pups. This is based on indirect observation such as tracks or scats.

Monitoring

Panhandle, Clearwater and Lolo National Forests

B20F and B31M were still at the head of the St. Joe River, the most northerly of the reintroduced Idaho wolves.

B11F and B7M were located on the Bitterroot Divide, south of Lolo Pass. This is the Idaho/Montana state line.

The Kelly Creek Pack was located on the Bitterroot Divide to the north of Lolo Pass.

Nez Perce National Forest

B33M was again located in the Gospel Hump Wilderness in the northwest central part of Idaho.

The Boulder Creek yearling B43F was not located this time. In mid-June she had moved to the main Salmon River.

The Selway Pack continued to travel widely inside the commodious territory they have carved out. This time they were on the west side of their territory near Red River Forest Service Guard Station.

Payette National Forest

The Chamberlain Basin pack was in the Cottonwood drainage in Chamberlain Basin, deep in the Frank Church Wilderness.

Wolf B22F and her associate were said to be located in the East Fork of the Salmon drainage, but this must be a mistake. The report probably meant the South Fork of the Salmon drainage.

Salmon-Challis National Forest

The Bear Valley Pack may have split up. B28M and B30F were located in the Sulfur Creek drainage. This is a major east-flowing tributary of the Middle Fork of the Salmon. B19M was located in the lower reaches of Loon Creek, a major NW-flowing tributary of the Middle Fork. B19M was not located in the last report, although B28M and B30F were located together.

The Jureano Mountain pack has begun to finally move. My guess is they are with a bunch of new pups. They finally moved out of Pine Creek, and they were located the Moose Creek/Napias Creek drainages.

Wolf B24M was again not located.

The Moyer Basin pack including wolves B29M and B37F and their yearlings and probably new pups have finally moved out of upper Silver Creek into the upper reaches of Panther Creek.

Wolf B35F and Wolf B18M remain in the Warm Spring Creek drainage.

B2M was not located.

Sawtooth National Forest

The Stanley Pack. No information was given.

Wolf B36F still remains in the headwaters of the East Fork of the Salmon River.

Research

Nothing new to report.

Outreach

Nothing to report.

Control

Nothing to report.








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