Gray Wolf Recovery
Weekly Progress Report
Week of July 6 - July 12, 2002
http://mountain-prairie.fws.gov/wolf/annualreports.htm/ for maps of pack locations and home ranges.
Flights indicate that Swan Lake has at least 11 pups, Leopold has 8, wolf #105 has 5, and 3 were seen in
the Delta pack.
Fontaine pulled traps in the Ninemile because of the hot weather. It's supposed to be over 100 for the next
few days. He is trying to put another collar or two in the Ninemile pack
A flight on the 10th, saw 10 pups in the Whitefish pack. A group of 4 in a meadow were a little smaller
than 6 others seen nearby, apparently a double litter this year.
Please report wolf sightings in MONTANA, IDAHO, OR WYOMING!! If outdoors enthusiasts or AGENCY BIOLOGISTS
report evidence of wolves to you please pass that information along to the Service.
Livestock Depredations & Management (control)
On the 6th, Wildlife Services confirmed that 2 cattle in the Graves pack territory southeast of Eureka, MT
had been attacked by wolves on the Forest Service Deep Creek/Grave Creek allotments. The yearling and a
calf had apparently been wounded over a week ago and had to be euthanized. The Graves Creek pack moved
their pups to the east-side of the Whitefish range several weeks ago and the female is still there, so it
is suspected that the depredations may have been caused by another pack using that area or a few Graves
Creek wolves coming back there to hunt. Traps are set and any uncollared yearlings or adults that are
captured will be killed.
Trapping/shooting control continues in the Dunoir Valley near Dubois, WY. On the 8th a young adult male
was captured, radio-collared and released on-site, so the Washakie pack would have 2 radio-collared members.
The alpha female is still collared. Trapping will continue and the next 1-2 uncollared wolves that are
captured will be killed.
The Idaho wolf recovery team (Service, Wildlife Services, Nez Perce and a private rancher) made about 6
miles of fladry (3" x 20" red flags every 15" hanging 3" above ground level - basically
a rope with flagging hanging from it) to test as a non-lethal technique to protect livestock. Fladry has
been commonly used in Europe to temporarily redirect wolf movements for hunting. It has also been tried on
an informal case-by-case basis in Canada, Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming and seems to redirect wolf movements
for the short term. The Jureano pack (collared alpha male and subadult female plus others) is back on
private land and among cattle. The fladry has been put up and is being tested in a more rigorous scientific
study in cooperation with WS Research to see if it can keep the wolves out of cattle on a private ranch
that is nearly surrounded by National Forest land. Wolf movement patterns will be measured by RAG box
monitors and track surveys in and outside the fencing/fladry. We thank the private landowners for their
Work continues on organizing the overall wolf data base. Nearly 410 wolves have been radio-collared and
monitored since recovery efforts began in the early 1980's. This information is being analyzed and will be
published in the next couple of years. It should contribute to a growing understanding of wolf population
dynamics, wolf/livestock and wolf/prey relationships in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming.
Information, Education & Law Enforcement
Dan Stahler was selected as the Wolf Project Biologist for Yellowstone National Park. That position was formerly
held by Dr. Kerry Murphy. The Park is fortunate to find someone with Dan's experience. In the past he has
worked on wolves both for the Park and the Mexican wolf recovery program. Dan will begin on July 15th.
Wyoming finished its first round of state wolf management plan meetings. Meetings were held in: Lander July
1; Casper July 2; Sheridan July 3; Rock Springs July 8; Pinedale July 9; Jackson July 10; Cody July 11; and
Laramie July 12. For further information call WY G&F at (307)777-4600 or access their web site at
gf.state.wy.us. Comments can be submitted at Wolf Plan,
5400 Bishop Blvd., Cheyenne, WY 82006 or at email@example.com.
So far attendance has been averaging 20-30 folks/meeting. Wyoming hopes to have its state plan completed by
Seasonal biologist Rose Jaffe and volunteer Therese Hartman took a MT FW&P wildlife immobilization/
safety class in Bozeman, MT on the 8th and 9th. They thought it was excellent.
Doug Smith gave a wolf talk to about 350 visitors at Grant Village in Yellowstone National Park on the 8th.
Deb Gurensey gave a presentation to about 25 California 7th graders on the 11th. National Geographic was
filming in the Park this week for their upcoming sequel to their early very successful Wolves in Yellowstone
Jimenez gave a presentation at the Buffalo Bill Musuem/Dapier Museum in Cody, WY on the 10th. Over hundred
people attended and the AP picked up a great story about wolf recovery.
The International Wolf Center - www.wolf.org - has a web
site that contains information on identifying wolves an coyotes and for ways that people can avoid conflicts
with wolves -
The International Wolf Center also has "Gray Wolves Gray Matter: Exploring the social, biological,
cultural, and economic issues of wolf survival." It's a curriculum for grades 6-12 that was produced
in 2001. Contact International Wolf at www.wolf.org or Andrea
Strauss at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
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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