Gray Wolf Recovery
Weekly Progress Report

Week of Oct 17 - Oct 27, 1997

Monitoring

All Yellowstone wolf packs remain localized within their normal home ranges. Five adults and 1 pup that were in the Nez Perce pen, but escaped, were recaptured on the 25th and returned to the pen.

Twenty-three of the reintroduced wolves in central Idaho are in pairs or packs. At least 30-32 pups in 6 breeding pairs were documented this year. They are staying in their traditional home ranges.

The Service's field crew ended wolf trapping in Glacier National Park. One 60 lb. male pup or yearling was caught on the 22nd. Trapping for the season has ended in NW Montana. Reports from the public indicate that a pack of about 6 wolves is near Libby, Montana. None is beleived to be radio-collared.

Livestock Depredations & Management (control)

The male from the Washakie wolf pack was killed by Wildlife Services on the 26th because this was his second depredation. The female and 5 pups could not be captured and will simply be monitored to see if further depredations occur.

Wolf #63 killed 3 ewes a week ago and was moved back into Yellowstone National Park. She returned to the ranch and killed another sheep on about the 25th. She will be killed as soon as possible.

The Nez Perce pack travelled toward Dillon again after escaping from their pen last week. The 6 wolves were captured and returned to the pen (which was reinforced) on the 25th. There were reports of a depredation while they were out and it is being investigated by Wildlife Services. Now that the wolves are back in the pen they will be released in a couple of months even if they depredated before being captured. If they return to the Dillon area they will be watched closely. Control may be in order depending upon the circumstances.

The two adult wolves from the Salish Mountain pack that returned to kill a cow near Niarada, Montana after being moved were killed on the 21st. Several cards, E-mails and Faxs have been received as the result of a Friends of Animals article which was critical of the use of lethal control to resolve livestock depredations in NW Montana.

Research

Nothing new to report.

Information, Education & Law Enforcement

The Nez Perce tribe terminated its seasonal employees but continues to contact hunters in Idaho. Big game hunting seasons end November 8.

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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