NEW WEB ADDRESS- The 2003 annual wolf report is at
http://westerngraywolf.fws.gov/ . It has maps of wolf pack
locations and home ranges, tables of wolf numbers and depredations,
litigation and funding issues, and summaries of scientific studies.
Laudon [MTFWP] located wolf B-81 in NW MT on mortality mode. It hadn’t
been located since early summer. Its death is under LE investigation.
IDFG flights on the 14th and 16th, reported locations and observations
of the following packs: Copper Basin located east of Hailey, 9 gray wolves
were seen; Buffalo Ridge was located between the E. Fork Salmon and Hwy 93
(second consecutive sighting of 7 grays); Morgan Creek pack located within
usual home range area, w/minimum of 9 wolves (observed 7 blacks, plus two
collared pack members were located a couple miles away); Moyer Basin was
located in Panther Ck. drainage ; Galena Pack was located in the Redfish
Ck drainage ; Jureano Mtn. pack was located in South of the Salmon river
within their typical home range (5 black wolves, two gray wolves
seen—might be more, but a pretty good min. estimate).
Two wolves [a male and female- both yearlings] from the Daniel pack
near Pinedale, WY were shot from fixed-wing aircraft by WS on the 13th.
The pack had been involved in chronic cattle depredations in that area
since this fall with at least 8 calves confirmed killed. Like the Owl
Creek control action [see last week’s weekly where two 95lb. sub-adults
were removed] control was suspended during the WY big game rifle hunting
season. Hunting season ended and the control action was completed as
planned. Seven wolves remain in the Daniel pack.
A pet cat was apparently killed by the Daniel pack on 20 acre piece of
private land near Pinedale, WY on the 12th. The landowner reported wolf
tracks in fresh snow that indicted the cat was hiding under a car and was
flushed by the wolves, who killed it and let lay. This was not confirmed
by WS but the landowner had confirmed wolf tracks on his place several
times, had previously made casts of them, and the Daniel pack was located
nearby the next day. Control is not conducted for pet depredations.
Yellowstone National Park ended their early winter wolf predation study
on the 15th.
Information and education and law enforcement
The annual interagency wolf meeting was held in Missoula, MT on the 14th
and 15th. About 30 wolf managers and agency representatives
from a host of federal, state and tribal cooperators attended. The year
end meeting is held as a yearly wrap-up and to begin preparation of the
2004 annual interagency wolf report. Overall, the wolf population barely
grew, livestock depredations and lethal removal where higher than past
years but still below predicted levels, and everyone is excited about the
increased participation of the state Fish and Game agencies in Montana and
Sime and Trapp [MT FWP] visited with landowners in the Red
Lodge/Roscoe, MT area on the 11th. Trapp, Laudon, and Sime gave
presentations and had discussions with MT FWP staff in
the Billings and Great Falls regions on the 9th and 10th.
Nadeau, Niemeyer, Husseman, Curt Mack and Jim Holyan met in Boise, ID
on December 6 to review and analyze the Idaho wolf population data for
2004. Telemetry flights in December will be used to finalize the counts
for the year, and final numbers will be provided when they are available.
Nadeau gave a wolf presentation to Idaho Outfitters and Guides on the
8th in Boise, ID to approximately 30 outfitters.
Jimenez gave a talk to about 25 biology students at NW College in
Powell, WY on the 13th.
The Service's weekly wolf report can now also be viewed at the
Service's Region 6 web site at
http://westerngraywolf.fws.gov/ . This report is government public
property and can be used for any purpose. Please distribute as you see
Contact: Ed Bangs (406)449-5225 x204 or