Meier and volunteers Jochim Vos, and Vernon and Nancy Hawthorne ended 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. No wolves were captured. Trapping efforts ended because the big game rifle
hunting season in Montana opened October 21.
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 125lb. yearling male was removed. The alpha male will also be removed as soon as weather
permits. Several plans to conduct control in WY were abandoned this week because of weather in the area.
October 14th-21st was National Wolf Awareness Week. About 30 states and Governors formally recognized
this event. On the 18-20th, Bangs and Smith participated in a NWF conference, "Restoring Wolves to the
Northern Forest" in Dixville Notch, NH. About 150 people attended the 2-day Conference. Carter Niemeyer,
Rick Williamson, and Curt Mack will give presentations at Wolf Haven in Washington State October 20 and 21.
About 70 people attended those presentations.
On the AM of the 23rd Bangs, Fontaine, and Niemeyer met with Chris Smith (MT DFW&P) and Greg Schildwachter
(ID OSC) to discuss control of problem wolves and the role of wolf relocations and the status of the
proposed National Wolf Reclassification Rule. The meeting went well and was useful at understanding what
the future of wolf control may look like. These issues were discussed further with other agency
cooperators on the 25th and will be discussed again during the annual interagency meeting on December 6th.
No policy decisions will be made until everyone has been informed and involved.
On the 24th, Bangs gave a presentation to about 15 people at a Montana Dept. of Transportation managers
retreat at Seeley Lake, MT.
On the 25th, the core interagency field team met in Helena to discuss funding and staffing in 2002, wolf
monitoring efforts and missing frequencies, cooperative research and joint publications, wolf control and
relocation, winter capture plans for 2001/2002, reclassification issues, and general communication.
Bangs, Fontaine, Meier, Jimenez, and Neiemyer (FWS), Smith and Guernsey (NPS), Mack and Hoylan (Nez Perce
Tribe) and Asher (TESF) participated. Biologists from MT FW&P and WY G&F also sat in. The larger more
inclusive interagency coordination meeting is scheduled for December 6th in Helena.
Fontaine gave presentations to 2 sessions of the advanced biology students at Capital High School on the
26th. About 36 students and teachers attended. The classes go each year to YNP to observe the wildlife
and discuss management and political issues involving wildlife. Last year the class watched the Druid Peak
pack kill an elk which began about 45 yards away from the bus.
The weekly wolf report can now be viewed at the Service's Region 6 web site at