Gray Wolf Recovery
Weekly Progress Report
Week November 4 - November 10, 2000
Packs in the Yellowstone, central Idaho, and NW Montana are moving throughout their homes ranges.
See the 1999 annual report
http://mountain-prairie.fws.gov/wolf/annualrpt99/ for a map of those pack locations and home ranges.
A young, thought to be a pup, black wolf was accidently captured in a coyote foot trap in the Taylor Fork
drainage. It was released unharmed by a MDFWP warden, who reported that tracks of up to 5 other wolves
were in the area. A report from Idaho indicated that a coyote trapper released 3 incidently captured
wolves a couple of weeks ago. Details are being gathered.
A hunter reported seeing a gray wolf, and tracks of 2 wolves in the Mount Haggin area. A rancher reported
seeing 11 wolves unsuccessfully chasing a calf in the Deerlodge area (Boulder pack).
Please report wolf sightings!! Signs were posted at several trailheads asking hunters to report wolf
observations. We have copies of these signs for any agency folks willing to post them at trailheads,
information centers, offices, or hunter check stations, etc. Thanks to those who have been forwarding
us reports it has helped located several potential new packs. When we are this close to 30 breeding pair,
each wolf pack becomes very important.
Last week we received a call from the British Columbia Wildlife Branch about wolf #102 which had been
harvested by a hunter NW of Fernie, BC. Wolf #102 from the Whitefish pack was a 45 pound female pup when
she was radio collared in September, 1998. In March, 00 the radio signal could not be located. Meier
retrieved the collar from the Canadian warden and they determined the coordinates of where the wolf had
been killed. The hunter requested some background information on the wolf and we will be sending him
the capture sheet for wolf # 102. There were 7 other wolves in the pack with #102 in BC. Thanks for
the assistance from the warden and the BC Wildlife Branch.
Livestock Depredations & Management (control)
Fontaine traveled to the Ninemile Valley to fine tune the radio activated light/siren device near where
the Ninemile pack fed on a horse that impaled itself on irrigation pipe last week. Immediately after a
young wolf was trapped at the carcass, radio-collared and released on site. The pack, including the newly
radioed wolf, left the area and have been in the north end of their territory and haven't returned to the
area. The scaring device has went off numerous times, malfunction do to background noise, even though it
appears that wolves have not returned to that area. The device has since been adjusted and appears to be
Aversive conditioning trials for the 3 Sheep Mountain wolves began again this week. Last week weather
conditions prevented the calf from being transported to the pen. The shock collars have been repositioned
and the TESF biologist believed the problem during the last test was because the collars were not making
proper contact through the wolves' thick winter fur. The procedure will be video taped and shared with
other reporters who participated in the media tour/pool last month. Tests went well but the calf appeared
to follow/chase the wolves around a little (payback is heck!).
The month-long Yellowstone National Park winter predation study starts November 15th. Volunteer training
was conducted this week.
Information, Education & Law Enforcement
During the week of November 13th several of the wolf program's biologists will be giving papers at or
attending the Carnivores 2000 Conference in Denver, CO. Fontaine will be acting recovery coordinator and
can be reached at (406)449-5225 x206.
National Wolf Reclassification Proposed
The proposal can be accessed at http://midwest.fws.gov/wolf.
The 120-day public comment period ends MONDAY - NOVEMBER 13th. Anyone wanting to be placed on the
Service's mailing list should write to US Fish and Wildlife Service, Gray Wolf Review, 1 Federal Dr.,
Fort Snelling, MN 55111-4056, use the email@example.com email address, or phone 612-713-7337. A final
decision is likely in July 2001. All comments on the proposal should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
or by mail to: Content Analysis Team, Wolf Comments, 200 East Broadway, P.O. Box 7669, Room 301, Missoula,
National Reclassification Meetings
A wolf hearing was held on Oct. 24 in Portland, OR. Ninety-six people attended and 25 people spoke. The
Boise, ID meeting on Halloween was attended by about 33 people and 11 testified. The informational/hearing
in Orono, Maine was held on Oct 12, 153 people attended and 32 spoke. Generally most liked the NE DPS but
wanted full protection under the Act. The last hearing was held in Twin Falls, ID on Nov. 2. A total of
about 40 people attended and 15 spoke. Most were pro-wolf who wanted more protection for wolves in more
places under the ESA.
Public comments, including all testimony will be analyzed this fall/winter and a final decision should be
made and finalized by July 2001.
Fontaine gave 2 presentations to about 25 teenagers and teachers at the Alternative Youth Adventure school
in Boulder on Nov. 8th.
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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