Gray Wolf Recovery
Weekly Progress Report
Week of Sept 19 - Sept 25, 1998
Packs in the Yellowstone, central Idaho, and NW Montana areas appear to be
in their normal home ranges. The Thorofare wolf 129F was located Wednesday
in the Dunoir Valley by the Diamond G ranch manager. It is unkown at this
time if the other Thorofare wolves are with this radio collared wolf.
Washakie wolf 133M was located at the head of Mountain Creek inside the
Park but 132M could not be found. The Soda Butte Pack is near Heart Lake
with the exception of 24F which was found in the Fox Park area of the
Thorofare. The Sunlight and Chief Joseph II Packs were not flown.
Trapping crews in NW Montana have left Glacier National Park but will
return if the wolves become more accessible. A gray 45 pound female pup
from the Whitefish pack was captured and radio collared. The crews have
captured and radio collared 11 wolves so far this season. They are now
trying to capture members of the Little Wolf and Graves Creek packs.
Kris Higgins, one of the trappers for NW Montana, has taken a position with
the Hornocker Wildlife Institute and will be headed to New Mexico to work
on black bears. Kris was a real asset to our program and will be missed.
Nothing new to report.
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 (about 150), selections will
likely not be made until November 1998.
The GS-9 biologist position in Helena, Montana is being advertised
(announcement #DD0897PN) and the GS-7 technician in Helena (DD0947CA) just
opened. Applications and information can be obtained at www.usajobs.opm.gov.
These 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. No
further mailings will take place. Hopefully the jobs will be filled by
PLEASE NOTE: The Tenth Annual Wolf Working Group Meeting has been
rescheduled for April 20-22, 1999 at Chico Hot Springs. Ideas for oral
presentations should be submitted to Joe Fontaine. This year abstracts
will be required and they will be published and distributed at the
Conference. Abstracts should be submitted by Feb 1, 1999.
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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