Gray Wolf Recovery
Weekly Progress Report
Week of Oct 2 - 13, 1998
Packs in the Yellowstone, central Idaho, and NW Montana areas appear to be
in their normal home ranges.
Service biologist Kris Higgins left to take a job with the Hornocker
Institute working on a black bear project in New Mexico. She did a great
job this summer. Congratulations on her new position.
The Nez Perce Tribe has ended their field season and terminated their
seasonal employees. They did an outstanding job this summer.
The NW Montana field crew is attempting to trap wolves in Glacier National
Since September an unmarked wolf-like canid has been reported near
Kemmerer, WY. In early October a miniature donkey was injured and later
died. On October 4, the owner of the donkey reported seeing a black wolf
in his field carrying something off. WS investigated and found that 2
lambs had been killed and 2 others were suspected of being killed. Black
hair was in the fence and 4 1/2" x 4" tracks were in the area. WS attempted
to shoot it from the ground because it had been seen fairly regularly but
were unsuccessful. On the 7th, it was shot from fixed-wing aircraft. It
was a 97lb. young (est. 2 yrs) black unmarked male. Tissue samples will be
sent for analysis. Its behavior, staying in one spot, small feet, not
successfully killing a 60lb donkey, all indicate it might not be a wild
wolf. We should be able to find out for sure from its DNA within a month.
A ranch north of Yellowstone reported their sheep guard dog was killed by
wolves near their house on the 9th. The incident was not confirmed by
agency biologists but telemetry indicated that the Chief Joseph pack was
there when the dog was killed. The rancher did not request control but was
provided a receiver. The pack moved away from the ranch but this area is
within their territory.
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.
A draft paper about wolf restoration in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming is
being developed for possible publication in this winter's Wildlife Society
Bulletin. The article will review the status of wolf recovery in the
northern Rocky Mountains from the first reintroductions in 1995 through
The Service's two wolf positions in Helena, MT have closed. Because of the
large volume of applications for the GS-9 Wildlife Biologists job(157),
selections will likely not be made until November 1998. The GS-7
technician job just closed so applications will probably not be processed
until November. All applicants should ultimately receive a letter from OPM
stating 1-they did not make the minimum qualifications or 2. they qualified
but did not rank high enough for their names to be forwarded to selecting
officials, or 3) they qualified and are they still interested and available
for the positions so their name can be forwarded to selecting officials.
Competition will likely be intense for the tech. job and over 100
applicants are expected. Good luck to everyone that applied.
There has been no decision in the Diamond G's request for the Wyoming
Court to order the removal of wolves on the ranch.
The Tenth Annual Wolf Working Group Meeting is scheduled for April 20 - 22.
1999 at Chico Hot Springs, MT. 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 to firstname.lastname@example.org
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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