Gray Wolf Recovery
Weekly Progress Report
Week of Sept 26 - Oct 2, 1998
Packs in the Yellowstone, central Idaho, and NW Montana areas appear to be
in their normal home ranges. In Yellowstone National Park the Throrofare
group is near Ennis Lake and Washakie wolf 133 is on the east side of
Yellowstone Lake. The Soda Butte pack is about 5 miles from wolf 133. The
Nez Perce pack is near Shoshone Lake and the Sunlight pack is in their
usual location. Washakie wolf 132 is still missing.
Trapping will be ongoing in NW Montana until October 16. Crews are
actively trapping the Little Wolf and South Camas packs. They are also
investigating some wolf observations that were recently turned in. A
"wolf" was recently euthanized by the local animal warden after is was
found injured at the north end of Whitefish Lake. The carcass has been
transported to the Bozeman Lab to determine how it was injured. The case
is under investigation by law enforcement.
Nothing new to report.
Nothing new to report.
I & E
Closing arguments for the Gordon hearing were made to Judge Downs on the
28th via conference call. Judge Downs said he would present his findings
as quickly as possible.
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.
On the 1st, Fontaine gave a presentation to about 25 Frenchtown High School
biology students. The students are really interested in the Ninemile and
Kelly Creek packs close to their town.
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-7 technician in Helena (DD0947CA) is still open. Applications and
information can be obtained at www.usajobs.opm.gov. This job will only be
advertised on the OPM register since it is a term position. It will be
about a month before the selections for all the wolf positions can be made.
Please be patient and hold your phone calls until we can go through the
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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