Gray Wolf Recovery
Weekly Progress Report
Week of September 4 - September 10, 2004
NEW WEB ADDRESS - The 2003 annual wolf report is at westerngraywolf.fws.gov.
It has maps of wolf pack locations and home ranges, tables of wolf numbers and depredations, litigation and
funding issues, and summaries of scientific studies.
Isaac Babcock and Mischa Connine were able to document reproduction in the Big Hole pack. A minimum of 2
black pups are present, along with a substantial number of adults and subadults. Mischa observed 2 white
wolves, both with radio-collars, presumably B7 and B11 - the founders of this pack. This former, and
possibly still, alpha pair were part of the original 15 wolves that were translocated from Canada in 1995.
B7's and B11's radio-collars both expired in early 2003, so we were not sure if they were alive. Isaac
captured 2 subadults in 2003, but one has apparently dispersed, and the remaining female has wandered
extensively this spring and summer, although she did lead crew biologists to this year's pups.
Jim Holyan and Janeen Hetzler attempted to determine the reproductive status of the Five Lakes Butte pack
on the Idaho/Montana border west of Superior, Montana. Multiple wolves were heard howling along the North
Fork of the Clearwater River, but no definitive evidence of the presence of pups was found. The 2 recently
radio-collared wolves seemed not to be associated with a large, main pack, although one of them seemed to
confine her movements, usually indicative of attendance at a rendezvous site.
Rick Williamson of Wildlife Services captured and radio-collared a 128 lb. male wolf in Copper Basin. There
has been at least one confirmed depredation in this area on a domestic calf. Rick heard multiple wolves
howling, so further effort will be needed here to determine the reproductive status of this group of
wolves. Copper Basin was formerly occupied by the Wildhorse pack, which was founded by B2 and B66 (a
disperser from the Stanley Basin pack). The wolves currently in the area may be the descendants of this
Paul Frame captured and radio collared a 58 pound male pup from the Murphy Lake pack in NW Montana on the
8th. Paul will cease trapping efforts on the 10th and take the weekend off. Jack Bucklin has been searching
for the Blanchard Creek wolves but has had no success. He did get a tip on the location of the Fish Creek
pack and will start searching for the pack on the 10th.
Livestock Depredations & Management (control)
On the 4th, WS confirmed that suspected members of the Lone Bear pack in the Paradise Valley killed 3 ewes
and a lamb on private property. Wolf #283 a 3-yr-old female was located nearby on a telemetry flight
shortly after the depredation. WS was authorized to remove her and if possible collar another wolf in the
pack, since it will only have one collared member left.
On the 2nd of Sept, a sheep producer just moved their livestock into the higher mountain pastures north
of Pinedale, WY. They reported wolf-caused losses by a group of wolves. WY FWS biologists were taken into
the site by WS into the site in an attempt to collar members of this pack but got snowed out. They did
howl for two nights and picked up nothing and WS investigation indicted there was only 1 sheep reportedly
killed by 'wolves'. We suspect this could be remnants of the 'missing' 17 member Daniel pack, that had all
its radioed pack members mysteriously die last winter. They had used this area last summer and were
involved in sheep depredations in this same general area.
Wildlife Services lethally controlled 3 radio-collared members of the Hazard Lake pack north of McCall,
Idaho, including alpha male B105. One radio-collared wolf, B183, and the uncollared alpha female remain
to care for the pack's pups.
Nothing new to report.
Information, Education & Law Enforcement
Nothing new to report.
The weekly wolf report can now be viewed at the Service's Region 6 web site at
westerngraywolf.fws.gov. This report is
government public property and can be used for any purpose. Please distribute as you see fit.
Contact: Ed Bangs (406)449-5225 or Internet - ED_BANGS@FWS.GOV
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