Gray Wolf Recovery
Weekly Progress Report
Week of Aug 25 - Aug 29, 1997
All Yellowstone wolf packs remain localized within their normal home ranges and 11 groups of pups are being
raised. Female 16 who was susopected of being hit by a car was located in Tom Miner Basin NW of the Park.
Local ranchers were notified. Pups are travelling more widely with adults.
Aerial monitoring of wolves in Idaho has stopped because of funding shortages in Region 1. Region 1 and 6
have found enough funding to support the Tribes efforts to radio-collar a few additional wolves this fall.
The seasonal wolf crew in Montana continues to radio-collar wolves (PLEASE REPORT ALL SUSPECTED WOLF
SIGHTINGS TO US ASAP!!!). A radio was placed on a 56 lb. pup in the Pleasant Valley pack. A new pack
was documented in the Yaakarea and trapping has begun. Trapping will be conducted in Glacier National
Park this fall. Nine wolves have been collared this summer. The Sawtooth male was seen with another
gray wolf and it is suspected they are yearlings from the pack that was involved in livestock depredations.
Livestock Depredations & Management (control)
There have been no further depredations in the Boulder area since 2 of 3 adult members of the pack were
killed. The 2 remaining pups in the Boulder area will be captured this fall and put in the central Idaho
pen with their 2 siblings. All 4 will be released in December or January. Their mother will be killed when
the pups are removed because of her history of attacking cattle. A 60-day notice of intent to sue was
received by a lawyer representing the Friends of Animals.
ADC district supervisor Nelson investigiated a report of wounded calves near Cameron, MT. Three calves
were bit in mid-August and all survived. One calf was more injured than the other two and Nelson reported
that its bite mark certainly could have been caused by a wolf. No radioed wolves were known to be in the
area but two Sawtooth yearlings have not been located in a month and had been within 25 miles of this
location earlier this spring. The Park will scan the area on the next telemetry flight. No further problems
have been reported.
There were several sheep reported attacked in Idaho and the control action is ongoing. IMPORTANT CORRECTION:
THE GS-11 ADC WOLF JOB IN NEW MEXICO CLOSES SEPT 2,1997, not the 12th as earlier stated.
Nothing new to report.
Information, Education & Law Enforcement
Fontiane gave a presentation to a school group in Butte. ADC Wolf Specialist Niemeyer gave a presentation
at the ADC state supervisor meeting in San Diego, CA.
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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