Gray Wolf Recovery
Weekly Progress Report
Week of Sept 5 - Sept 11, 1998
Packs in the Yellowstone, central Idaho, and NW Montana areas appear to be
in their normal home ranges.
In Yellowstone (9/11) both Washakie wolves were located in the Park. one
was by the SE arm of Yellowstone Lake were it has been for months. The
other which has been missing for weeks was found along Shosone Lk. All 5
Soda Butte wolves were along Yellowstone Lake. Nez Perce was by Bridge
Bay in the center of the Park. #16 and 6-7 pups were back in the Park.
Druid pack was in Hayden Valley.
The Nez Perce Tribe is trapping and radio-collaring wolf pups in several
The Service's field crew on the Diamond G ranch found fresh wolf sign (2-3
wolves) along the Long Creek Road when they first got to the Dunoir on Sept
2. Both a black and a grey colored wolf have been reported. No
radio-collared wolves are known to be in the area but on Sept. 11 a black
uncollared wolf was seen by a Service biologist near a reported "den".
Ravens were also seen in the area. It will be searched for possible kills
and potential trapping sites. The crew will continue to search and trap
the area in and around the Diamond G until Sept. 16th or so. The crew
examined a possible wolf den. While the hole was big enough for wolves,
the chamber was a little shorter (94") than would be expected. The den is
where wolves hung out this spring and had some coyote scat and bones around
it. It didn't look like it been used to raise wolf or coyote pups this
spring but we don't really know what it was used for. Howling did not
locate any wolf pups or adults in the Dunoir area. No wolf depredations
have been reported but a large grizzly bear killed a 1500 lb. bull and was
seen chasing other cattle. Wolf scats with red and black cattle hair have
been found but it is unknown if scavenging or depredation was the origin.
After Bangs and Niemeyer visited the Diamond G ranch on August 26 it was
obvious why the signals from radio-collared wolves were often picked up
strongly in the Dunoir Valley. The upper end of the valley is flanked by
two huge long rock walls. They would funnel ground radio signals into the
center of the valley (and ranch house) no matter where the wolves might be
in the general vicinity. This could be the reason that ground tracking
seemed to indicate that the wolves were often close to ranch buildings.
Control (trapping) is being attempted to relocate a few more of the Moyer
Pack in central Idaho because of several previous cattle losses.
The White Cloud pack (pair with 9 pups) south of Stanley Idaho that killed
5 sheep several weeks ago moved into a remote area. No control will be
attempted unless further losses occur.
Nothing new to report.
I & E
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 depends upon the
number of documented breeding pairs. PLEASE REPORT WOLF SIGHTINGS ASAP.
The Service's two wolf biologists positions in Lander, WY have closed.
Because of the large volume of applications, selections will likely not be
made until November 1998.
The GS-9 biologist position is being advertised (announcement #DD0897PN)
and the GS-7 technician should be advertised by Sept. 14. The applications
and information can be reached at www.usajobs.opm.gov The jobs will only
be advertised on the OPM register since they are both term positions.
Information was mailed out to everyone who previously contacted the Service
about the WY jobs on Sept. 11.
Final oral arguments on the Diamond G Ranch court case were scheduled to be
heard on September 9th. Apparently the Court was busy on other issues and
the case has been postponed for another couple of weeks.
The newest book by Nichols Evans, who wrote mega-bestseller "The Horse
Whisperer" has just been released. "The Loop" is a story about people
along the East Front of Montana and their reaction to the return of wolves.
It should raise the profile of the wolf program somewhat.
The weekly wolf report can now be viewed at the Service's Region 6 web site at http://www.r6.fws.gov/wolf
Contact: Ed Bangs (406)449-5225 or Internet-ED_BANGS@FWS.GOV
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