Packs in the Yellowstone, central Idaho, and NW Montana areas appear to be in their normal
In Yellowstone a couple members of the Nez Perce Pack couldn't be found and it was suspected
they might have gone back toward Dillon. A courtesy call was made to local ranchers, and
USDA Wildlife Services. An extra flight was put up the next day and again they were not
located. Another flight located all back at the Nez Perce den, again courtesy calls were
made to inform everyone that they wolves were in the Park as they had been. The Washakie
pack continues to move throughout the Dubois area and monitoring has indicated there have
been no further attacks on livestock.
In Idaho, up to nine packs have produced pups. All wolves (except B-14 which is currently
in NW Montana near Butte) that are being monitored via radio-telemetry remain within the
Idaho Experimental Population area on National Forest lands.
Wolves in northwestern Montana may not be as common as hoped. Field crews are finding that
most packs appear small and not that many pups are being produced. The current estimate is
about 45 adult wolves, plus the 1998 pups. Hopefully, efforts this summer will allow us to
more accurately estimate the number of wolf breeding pairs in northwestern Montana.
Please help with wolf monitoring efforts by reporting suspected wolf observations.
Reclassification, and the resulting increased management flexibility that would result from
a threatened status will not occur if the wolf population in NW Montana is stalled at only 6
breeding pairs or is declining.
The court will hear the Diamond G Ranch litigation on July 20 in Casper, WY. Bangs and
Fontaine (USFWS), Niemeyer, Phillips, and Nelson (USDA-WS), the ranch owner, ranch manager,
and Alaskan biologist Dave Kelleyhouse will be called as witnesses.
During the week of July 6, Roy Heberger and Curt Mack made presentations at the annual
meeting of the Intertribal Timber Council at Hon-Dah, Arizona.
!!JOBS!! The Service is hiring 2 permanent field wolf (GS 11/9) biologists and will station them in Lander, Wyoming. They will likely be advertised beginning the first of August. If you already sent in your name you will be mailed information shortly after August 10. If you haven't received any mail about the WY jobs by August 10 but left your name and address earlier- try again. If you or someone you know may be interested in these positions, simply send your name and address- FWS. 100 N. Park, #320, Helena, MT 59601. Montana jobs (term GS 9 and 7) should be advertised in August.