Gray Wolf Recovery
Weekly Progress Report
Week Sept 18 - Sept 24, 1999
Packs in the Yellowstone, central Idaho, and NW Montana areas are in their normal home ranges.
The Kelly creek pack was seen with 7 pups. It appears that the Snow Peak pack did not reproduce.
Reproduction was confirmed in 12 wolf packs in central Idaho this year. These 12 packs produced a
minimum of 68-72 pups. Two of these groups will not be counted as breeding pairs because they were
removed after repeated livestock depredations. The number of breeding pairs is not counted until Dec.
31 each year. If the number of breeding pairs does not decline further Idaho will have 10 breeding
pairs for the second year in a row. Trapping has resulted in 22 captures with 16 wolves fitted with
Trapping in northwestern Montana begins anew this week. A video was taken of 3 wolves feeding on a
ewe carcass on private land near Lincoln, MT. None appeared radioed and one was believed to be a pup.
The ewe died of natural causes and had been doctored by the herder. While looking at the ewe carcass
the herder discovered a dead herding dog about 150 yards away. WS investigated and determined that it
had been killed by wolves. While there is no control for dog depredations in NW Montana, WS set traps,
with the Service’s appreciation, to try to catch and radio-collar one of them. The traps were pulled
after a guard dog was seen chasing a wolf away from the sheep. During trapping the guard dogs had to
be tied up at night and WS was concerned this would leave the sheep unprotected and if a dog was caught
in a trap it could be killed by wolves. The sheep herd will be shipped out of the area on October 1
and the situation is being closely watched. Thanks to WS and Dave Nelson for close coordination and
a job well done. We will attempt to get a radio in this group when the sheep are removed.
Jimenez placed a radio-frequency activated light/siren device in a horse pasture near Grand Teton
National Park. Monitoring of the Teton pack indicates that they have been traveling in the direction
of this 300 acre private pasture and may have chased the horses.
The pilot locating the Sheep Mountain pack (Yellowstone) saw them in Slip and Slide Creek within 150
yards of a dead cow on the 21st. Its calf was standing next to the carcass. The livestock owner was
contacted and WS investigated the next morning. The cow apparently died of natural causes and had been
doctored by the rancher. Wolves consumed over half the cow carcass. The calf was fine and was placed
with the rest of the herd. The wolves were nearby and howled at the WS specialist and rancher as they
investigated the carcass. WS specialist Jim Rost did a great job in coordinating this investigation
with the different agencies and involving the rancher- thanks Jim! He met with several local ranchers
while in the area and one reported a dead beef animal, one had a limping cow, and another had livestock
chased through a fence. All of these incidents were believed by the producers to involve wolves. The
Service is very interested to see what level of missing livestock is reported when cattle are brought
off the allotments.
Niemeyer traveled to Idaho to help with control of the Jureano pack. In 4 days he managed to catch
both pups, which were radio-collared and released, and the adult male, that was killed. The captures
were quite amazing considering the pack has been repeatedly trapped and quite wary. WS and Carter
deserve a "Well Done". Since the pups were left in their home range with a yearling male
the chances are good they will survive. Hopefully this will end the cattle depredations by this pack.
The Stanley Basin pack depredated on both cattle and sheep this summer. On September 10 they killed up
to 10 additional sheep. The producer was issued a lethal take permit for wolves seen attacking livestock
on his allotment. More agency control is also being discussed. In Idaho this year 5 livestock producers
were eligible for lethal take permits for wolves seen attacking livestock on their federal allotments.
Only 3 wanted the permits and to date no wolves have been taken under these permits.
Nothing new to report.
I & E
Jimenez participated in a program at the Murie Center in Jackson, WY on the 23rd and 24th. A dozen
other people concerned about western lifestyle and the environment attended.
A man who reported to have "accidentally" killed the alpha female wolf in the Jureano pack near Salmon.
ID, earlier this summer but cooperated with investigators was fined $1,500.
Boyd prepared a draft article for the Brown Bear Resources Newsletter on the affects of the winter of
1996/97 on wolves in NW Montana.
Bangs did an interview for a radio program with High Country News on the 22nd.
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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