Gray Wolf Recovery
Weekly Progress Report
Week July 12 - July 23, 1999
Packs in the Yellowstone, central Idaho, and NW Montana areas are in their normal home ranges and
continue to be localized near their dens or nearby rendezvous sites.
Boyd-Heger ended trapping efforts for the Graves Creek pack after the pack moved to a remote location.
None were captured. Trapping will begin for this pack if they are in an accessible area or another NW
Montana pack next week.
On the 19th the male pup relocated to Spotted Bear was found in the Garnet Mountains south of Helmville.
No visual could be obtained to determine if he were with other wolves. Faint signals were heard for
the other 2 relocated males and may be coming from near Gibson Reservoir. However, an exact location
couldn't be obtained due to strong winds in the area. When the weather moderates another attempt
will be made to locate them.
Numerous reports were sent in of a black canine with a red or orange collar between Thompson Falls
and Noxon. A flight was taken over the area to search for missing wolves but none could be found.
The large canine was seen on a somewhat frequent basis always at a distance but in a very localized area.
On the 22nd a Forest Service crew was within 50ft of the canine and described the collar as orange with
no radio package underneath. This must be a wolf/dog hybrid that escaped or was turned loose. The
information was passed on to MDFWP and several local ranchers that wanted to know the status of the
Several calves were killed near (4-5 miles) from the Gros Ventre pack's den near Jackson, WY. Radio
locations did not indicate the radioed female was in that area but the 2 uncollared pack members or
other unmarked wolves certainly could be traveling there. WS investigated and sign indicted wolf and
bears were in the area and there were confirmed bear kills. Trapping for a problem bear on a neighboring
allotment is ongoing and this situation is being closely watched.
WS investigated a dead calf in Grand Teton National Park. It had been killed by a grizzly bear.
A 60-day notice to litigate was filed with Grand Teton National Park by several groups over grazing
cattle near an active wolf den in the Park.
On the 23d, Jimenez examined the couple-day-old remains of a calf that was suspected to have been killed
by a wolf on the Diamond G Ranch. The initial state investigator believed the calf was killed but not
by a grizzly bear, and requested the rancher to contact Wildlife Services. Unfortunately the calf was
taken out of the field and into a barn. Furthermore, the depredation site was covered by water during
subsequent irrigation. Investigation of the carcass was inconclusive. The ranch manager was reminded
of the importance of leaving evidence in the field not only to assist in determining the cause of
livestock death but also to aid in capture or control efforts. Attempts are being made to radio-collar
a wolf in the area and because of the pattern of depredations in this area, wolves may also be killed.
Job!!! Graduate student Oakleaf continues to monitor radio wolves and cattle west of Salmon, Idaho.
The University of Idaho will hire a seasonal employee immediately to help with that program. The
employee gets about $9/hour and free housing. ASAP contact Curt Mack (208)843-7335 or Dr. Dennis
Murray Univ. of Idaho Wildlife Dept. (208)885-6434.
I & E
Heberger and Niemeyer met with citizens in John Day, OR to discuss wolf management on the 23rd. The
informational meeting was arranged by a local hunting group.
Oral arguments before the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, CO is scheduled for July 29 at 1:00PM.
Bangs will be in Denver 27-29th for that Appeal.
This week Brian Cox gave presentations to about 30 people at the National Bighorn Sheep Center in Dubois,
WY and to about 30 people at the 7D Ranch. Jimenez gave a presentation to about 20 people the Jackson
Hole Alliance. Bangs briefly met with the Forest Service Regional Forester in Missoula on the 19th to
discuss wolf issues. He later met with Univ. Montana Dr. Pletscher to discuss a graduate student to
work on measures to prevent/reduce wolf conflicts with livestock.
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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