Meir and volunteers Jochim Vos, and Vernon and Nancy Hawthorne are trapping near Pleasant Valley and Libby
Dam in NW MT. Fresh sign and howling have been detected in both areas but it appears that only a wolf or
two is present. Radio-collaring and trapping efforts will continue until the weather gets too cold or the
big game rifle hunting season opens October 21.
The Chief Joe pack chased another elk calf into the corral in Tom Miner Basin early on the 13th. The manager
picked up the male's signal Friday night. On Saturday morning the ranch owner was extremely concerned
because the new elk kill was even closer to the house than the one Friday morning and in the same pasture
as their horses. No problems occurred but the wolves were too close for the landowners comfort. Asher from
the TESF went to the ranch and trained them in less-than-lethal-munitions and did more training on the
17th. Some moths balls were also spread around outside the fence. The pack's signal could not be located
on Saturday and a flight on the 15th revealed they were back in the Park on Daly Creek.
See the 2000 annual report
http://mountain-prairie.fws.gov/wolf/annualrpt00/ for a map of pack locations and home ranges.
Please report wolf sightings!! If hunters report evidence of wolves to you please pass that information
along to the Service.
The Absaroka pack (2 ad, 2 yr, and 3-4 pups) have killed another calf (8th so far) on a private ranch, 6
on USFS allotments and 2 on private land. Control by hazing and then trapping was unsuccessful at stopping
further problems and thick cover and high winds delayed aerial gunning efforts. However, on 10/5 a black
uncollared 125 lb. yearling male was removed. The alpha male will also be removed as soon as weather
The Taylor Peak pack killed another calf in the Madison Valley (at least 3 now). The alpha male was located
on the carcass and WS saw tracks of 6 wolves. It appears that the alpha female has still not rejoined the
pack (she left over a month ago and was last located south of Virginia City, MT) and no pups were produced
this year. A relocation flight immediately after the depredation revealed that Taylor peak wolves #234 (ad
male) and #238 (alpha male) were joined by 2 Chief Joseph wolves #198 (2-yr female) and #202 (yrl male).
In response 2 wolves, #238 and an uncollared adult-sized female were removed on the 12th. These wolves
were picked because they were directly involved and their removal will still leave a potential breeding
pair (#234 and #198) in the group.
During a routine radio-tracking flight on the 10th, the Sheep Mountain pack (2 ad and 6 pups) were seen
feeding on a calf carcass with the cow standing nearby. On the 13th, 10 wolves were seen about a mile from
where the calf had been killed. WS put radios on a male pup and a young (pup or yearling) female and then
wolf #195, the alpha male, was shot and killed.
"Gray wolf restoration in the Northwestern United States" by Bangs, Fontaine, Jimenez, Meier,
Niemeyer, Smith, Murphy, Guernsey, Handegard, Collinge, Krischke, Shivik, Mack, Babcock, Asher, and
Domenici was published in Endangered Species Update 2001 July/August Vol. 18(4):147-152. The journal is
published by the School of Natural Resources and Environment, The University of Michigan. This issue is
comprised of papers selected from the Carnivores 2000 Conference that was hosted by Defenders of Wildlife
in Denver, CO last November. Copies of the paper can be obtained by contacting Ed Bangs. Subscriptions to
the Update can be ordered through Endangered Species Update, School Nat, Res. and Envir, Univ. Michigan,
430 E. University, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1115.
October 14th-21st is National Wolf Awareness Week. About 30 states and Governors formally recognize this
event. On the 18-20th, Bangs and Smith will participate in a NWF conference, "Restoring Wolves to
the Northern Forest" in NH. Carter Niemeyer, Rick Williamson, and Curt Mack will give presentations
at Wolf Haven in Washington State October 20 and 21.
On the 15th, Bangs and Handegard (WS) met with Randy Vogel, a representative of Congressman Dennis
Rehberg (R-MT), several (8) livestock producers, and Turner Endangered Species Fund biologists Asher and
Phillips. The meeting was held at the TESF office in Bozeman and the issue of missing livestock, wolf
locations, agency control, permits for landowners to shoot depredating wolves, potential effects of wolf
predation on big game, and wild rumors were discussed. It appeared that several "issues" were
either wild rumors or easy to correct (24 hr. trap check in experimental pop. areas) once folks simply
discussed those concerns. Other issues remained very controversial (missing livestock) and will be much
more difficult to resolve.
On the 17th, Bangs, Fontaine, and Smith attended the last meeting of the Montana Wolf Advisory Committee
to review the final draft of the state wolf management plan. The meeting was held in Helena and went very
well. The Montana state plan will now be prepared for public review this winter. It should be finalized
in mid 2002.
Bangs received a beautiful plaque and certificate from Utah State University as a Professional Achievement
Award from the College of Natural Resources and Utah State University. The honor is deeply appreciated.
The weekly wolf report can now be viewed at the Service's Region 6 web site at