Packs in the Yellowstone, central Idaho, and NW Montana areas appear to be in their normal home ranges.
Citizens reported wolves in the Garnet Range in Northwestern Montana again and tracks of multiple animals
were seen. Observations also indicate a wolf might be east of Corvalis, MT. A pair of wolves were reported
near Jackson, WY. We appreciate all reports of wolves, please encourage the public as well as agency
co-workers, to continue to report suspected observations of wolves.
Wolf #83, a yearling male, recently dispersed from the Murphy Lake pack in NW Montana and was missing for
about 2 weeks. He was killed on November 1 by a hunter near Sparwood, British Columbia about 60 miles
north of the Canadian border.
Ed Bangs, Doug Smith, Wayne Brewster, and Jim Claar hosted and participated in an interagency meeting at
the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, WY on November 2 and 3. About 40 people attended.
The National Park Service (Yellowstone and Grand Teton), Forest Service (from throughout the Greater
Yellowstone Area), Wyoming Wildlife Services, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, US fish and Wildlife
Service (LE, National Elk, and ES) and several local ranchers, and other interested people attended.
Wolf recovery efforts and wolf management policy was reviewed. The single biggest need cited by
participants was good communications as wolves move into the Jackson area.
The Helena Office has been overwhelmed with requests for the 1998 Wolf Awareness Week posters. If you
are with an agency and involved in wildlife education and information we will get some to you if you
request them, but it may take time. The poster would be great for classrooms and public presentations.
We will not be sending copies to private individuals.
The Court turned down a request for an emergency injunction that would have prevented the Service from
lethally controlling any livestock depredating wolves until the Appeal case is settled or their identity
as reintroduced animals was proven. Fontaine assisted Justice attorneys with information for their brief
to the 10th Circuit.
A manuscript for The Wildlife Society Bulletin was drafted by a bunch of the interagency wolf cooperators.
Service law enforcement agents in Idaho are bringing charges in two cases of wolves being killed in
central Idaho. One case involved an individual from out of state. The other case involved a person
from Idaho. Good work!
The Defenders of Wildlife is coordinating a National Conference "Restoring the Wolf" in Seattle, WA on
November 12-14. Several papers will be presented on wolf restoration in the northern Rocky Mountains,
as well as other recovery programs.
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