Gray Wolf Recovery
Weekly Progress Report

Week of Sept 22 - Oct 3, 1997

Monitoring

All Yellowstone wolf packs remain localized within their normal home ranges. The following packs are being monitored: Crystal (2 adult and 5 pups), Leopold (2 adult, 3 yearling, and 5 pups), Soda Butte (2 adult, 2 yearling, and 4 pups), Druid (6 adult and 5 pups), Rose Creek (4 adult, 3 yearling, and 16 pups), Chief Joseph (3 adult, 9 pups),Thorofare (2 adult and 5 pups), Washakie (2 adult and 4 pups), #27 group (3 adult, 1 yearling, and 3 pups, plus some Sawtooth yearlings). Wolf #27 and 6 of her offspring or yearling Sawtooth wolves are headed east. Two of this year's pups apparently are not with the group. The group left the western edge of Yellowstone Park last week and by Oct 2, were located between Dillon and Lima Montana, 10 miles east of I-15. Local ranchers and agencies were notified. Monitoring has been increased to follow their movements. Efforts are still ongoing to place the Big Sandy hybrid in a captive facility in Texas by November 1.

The seasonal wolf crew in Montana continues to radio-collar wolves and hope to begin trapping in Glacier National Park in mid-month. Two of the crew are helping the Nez Perce Tribe trap wolves in Idaho. Two adult wolves that were relocated after they killed a calf in NW Montana have not been located and it is suspected their transmitters failed. The pup has moved in and around the release site on Forest Service land near Spotted Bear and was last located near the town of Swan Lake.

Wolf trapping in Idaho continues and 6 breeding pairs are still being monitored.

Livestock Depredations & Management (control)

Nothing new to report.

Research

Nothing new to report.

Information, Education & Law Enforcement

Bangs and Niemeyer gave a presentations for the Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho wolf programs and Wildlife Services (old ADC) at The Wildlife Society Meeting at Snowmass, CO on the 25th. Bangs gave a program to the NY Bar Association as part of a panel on wolf restoration in NY on the 27th.

There has been a change in the Service's supervision of the Gray Wolf and Grizzly Bear Recovery Coordinators in Region 6. Starting on October 1, 1997, Kemper McMaster, the Field Supervisor for the Helena ES Field Office will supervise both programs. They had been under the Geographic Assistant Regional Director for Montana and Wyoming who is stationed in Denver, CO. This will not affect the routine duties and authorities of the Recovery Programs.

The weekly wolf report can now be viewed at the Service's Region 6 web site at www.r6.fws.gov/wolf.

Contact: Ed Bangs (406)449-5225 or Internet - ED_BANGS@FWS.GOV






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