Gray Wolf Recovery
Weekly Progress Report
Weeks of Oct 14 - 30, 1998
Packs in the Yellowstone, central Idaho, and NW Montana areas appear to be
in their normal home ranges. The Washakie wolf that has been regularly
picked up was north of Jackson Hole then moved north again. The other
Washakie wolf hasn't been found in a month. The Thorofare wolf may have
been found by male #29. His last location, before he shed his collar was
with them along the Park's southern boundary. We are expecting increased
levels of dispersal this winter in all three recovery areas.
Follow-up of a reported wolf sighting near Phillipsburg, MT turned up
tracks of one animal. Another follow up turned up tracks and scat of one
animal in the Pioneer Mts east of Wisdom. We'll keep an eye on both areas
as well as the Garnets in NW Montana where we recently had some other
excellent reports. Thanks to those who reported wolf sign.
Service biologist field biologists Doug Shelly, Colleen Olfenbuttel, J.
Oakleaf, J. Madison, and S. Lindsay ended their seasonal appointments with
the Service in NW Montana. Congratulations to the crew they did an
Some of the producers in central Idaho, who had a few confirmed losses to
wolves, appear to be short far more calves than normal. The issue of
higher numbers of missing livestock after wolves showed up is one that the
Tribe, Wildlife Services, and Service are very interested in and would like
to investigate further.
Nothing new to report.
I & E
The Helena Office received several, 1,000 copies, of the 1998 Wolf
Awareness Week posters. One side is a beautiful wolf print. The other
side is a map and short write-up of the status of wolves in North America.
If you want some please let us know - they are great for classrooms and
Contact: Ed Bangs (406)449-5225 x204 or Internet- ED_BANGS@FWS.GOV
John and Mary Theberge are in Yellowstone National Park for the next
several weeks under the Park's visiting scholar program.
Bangs worked with Justice Attorneys to prepare a response to a request for
an emergency injunction from the court that would prevent the Service from
lethally controlling any livestock depredating wolves until the Appeal case
is settled or their identity as reintroduced animals was proven.
Please help with wolf monitoring efforts by reporting suspected wolf
observations. If you are out hunting and see wolf sign please us know!
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. THANKS!!
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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