Gray Wolf Recovery
Weekly Progress Report
Week Oct 16 - Oct 22, 1999
Packs in the Yellowstone, central Idaho, and NW Montana areas are
in their normal home ranges.
WS helped Service biologists look for wolves in the Lincoln, MT area.
A couple of wolves that appeared to have at least one pup with them
killed a sheep herding dog in that area several weeks ago. Trapping
was conducted until the 22nd. Big game hunting season opens on the
24th so trapping for this year is over.
Wolves continue to disperse in the Yellowstone area. Famous female
#9 out of the Rose Creek pack is still missing and may have gone north.
A missing male from Soda Butte was found near Gardiner, another was
located south of Cook City. A male from Crystal pack was south of Lake.
Wolf #92 out of the Nez Perce pack and a Soda Butte female are still
missing. A special flight will be conducted to search for missing
animals in the next few days.
Hunters will be taking to the field in mass this weekend in hopes of a
successful hunt. An increase of people in the field often equates to an
increase in wolf sightings but people often don't know who to contact.
We have a number of signs requesting sighting information and sighting
cards that are available for agencies. Please turn in all sightings, it
is extremely important if were are going to locate newly forming packs.
For signs or cards contact Joe Fontaine at 406 449-5225 ext 206.
A calf was reportedly killed on the Diamond G Ranch near Dubois, WY
on the 19th. WS investigated and confirmed the 500-600 lb. calf was
killed by wolves. Traps were set in the area of the depredation and
calling and shooting will be attempted for the next week. Calves are
being shipped off the ranch at this time but cows will not be removed
until early next month.
In Idaho there were 47 reports of wolf-caused damage. Seventeen turned
out to have no wolf involvement. There were 56 sheep and 10 cattle
losses confirmed in 1999 so far. Another 10 sheep and 6 cattle and 1
horse were possible depredations. In NW Montana WS confirmed 14 sheep
and 8 cattle killed by wolves, 4 cattle injured and 1 dog killed. As a
result 2 control actions were conducted resulting in 4 wolves being
relocated and 9 killed. In the GYA WS confirmed that wolves killed 3
dogs, 1 foal and 3 calves. Two control actions were conducted and 4
wolves were killed.
The Service received a considerable number of phone and e-mail comments
and complaints about the Sheep Mountain control action. Many people
believed the Service did not try hard enough to resolve this issue prior
to authorizing lethal control. Many people were "outraged" that the 3
young of the year were mistaken for adults and removed.
Nothing new to report.
I & E
Dave Parsons, the Mexican Wolf Recovery Coordinator, took advantage
of the Service's early-out retirement program and retired on September
30. He was going to come back to continue running the recovery program,
as a rehired retiree, which means that half of his salary would be
paid from his retirement benefits and half from project funds. However,
Region 2 made the decision that they would advertise and refill the
position instead. Dave did an outstanding job for the recovery program
and his team's, efforts resulted in Mexican wolves being put back into
the wilds of the southwest United States after an absence of nearly 50
years. Dave's dedication and leadership will be missed. Thanks for a
job well done and best of luck- Dave.
Copies of the 1998 Yellowstone National Park Annual Wolf Progress Report
can be obtained by contacting the Park at 307-344-2243.
Kerry Murphy gave a talk to about 40 members of the Agenda 2000, a group
interested in management and resource issues in Yellowstone National Park.
The weekly wolf report can now be viewed at the Service's Region 6 web site at
Contact: Ed Bangs (406)449-5225 or Internet- ED_BANGS@FWS.GOV
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