Gray Wolf Recovery
Weekly Progress Report
Week of November 9 - November 15, 2002
NEW WEB ADDRESS - See
http://westerngraywolf.fws.gov/ for maps of wolf pack locations and home ranges, tables of wolf numbers
and depredations, and summaries of scientific studies.
During the week a fur trapper caught 2 pups from the Great Divide pack. He was able to restrain the pups
and release them unharmed. This has happened at least two times in other areas. In those areas the trapper
was able to contact someone and the wolves were radio collared before they were released.
On the 9th several of the packs were located near Lolo pass. During the flight B110 a dispersing wolf from
Idaho was heard in the vicinity but could not be precisely located. All the packs appeared to be in their
normal territories. Wolves in the Ninemile were also located and 4-5 were seen from the air in the upper
portion of the valley.
The Service is once again asking for help from big game hunters in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming during the
big-game hunting season. Please report any sightings of wolf activity to the nearest U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service, state Fish and Game Agency, Forest Service, BLM, Tribal, or USDA Wildlife Services office. We
thank everyone for their cooperation.
Livestock Depredations & Management (control)
Wolf control on private land next to Grand Teton National Park has been suspended. No wolves were taken.
Nearly 18 inches of snow blanketed the area and no fresh wolf sign has been seen so WS pulled their traps
and snares. Once snow hits the Teton pack usually heads to the Gros Ventre Valley where elk are abundant
and being fed on the state elk feed grounds.
The annual early winter intensive wolf predation study began in Yellowstone National Park. The study starts
on November 15 and runs through December 15 each year. Wolves are tracked daily from the ground and air to
determine kill rates. Wolves are also surveyed for 30 days during March to determine later winter wolf
Information, Education & Law Enforcement
On the 14th, Fontaine gave a talk to about 40 members of the Missoula Kiwanis Club.
On the 13th, Bangs talked with a dozen members of the Sierra Club from Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming. They
met in Bozeman, MT to develop their strategic plan and vision for wolf restoration. Bangs gave them an
overview of the status of wolf restoration, reclassification, and potential delisting.
Wyoming released its state wolf management plan for public comment and began a series of public meetings
throughout Wyoming about the plan. Contact Wyoming Game and Fish for further information at 307-777-4600
or at email@example.com
Call for papers: Papers are now being accepted for the 2003 North American Interagency Wolf Conference,
April 8 - 10, 2003 at Chico Hot Springs, Pray, MT. Please submit a one page single spaced abstract which
includes your full contact information, affiliations, and authors, by email to Joseph Fontaine.
Topics include, but are not limited to, wolf biology and conservation, conflict management, predator and
prey relationships, law enforcement, forensics, population status, state wolf management planning, national
wolf reclassification and delisting, ethics, environmental education, and public outreach. Please submit
a digital picture related to your research or topic to include in the agenda and on the website. We can
also scan images sent by mail. Registration for the conference will begin November 1, 2002 and you may
contact Suzanne Laverty for details.
The weekly wolf report can 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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