Gray Wolf Recovery
Weekly Progress Report

Week of Dec 3 - Dec 9, 1996

Monitoring

Continuing poor weather has prevented nearly all wolf location flights in Idaho, Montana, and most of Wyoming.

A female wolf, originally from the Druid Peak pack was located 60 miles north of Livingston, MT. She will be monitored as closely as possible to she if she returns to the Park, as she has in the past. If she stays that far north we will probably try and return her to the Park.

Livestock Depredations & Management (control)

The Service and ADC met in Billings on the 6th, to discuss a variety of issues. The meeting went well. Now that most big game hunting seasons in Montana have ended, ADC will initiate capture efforts to attempt to move wolves out of the Big Hole and Nye areas.

Research

Nothing new to report.

Information, Education & Law Enforcement

Joe Fontaine met with USDA Forest Service representatives in Great Falls on the 5th to discuss monitoring on the Sawtooth Pack. Local reports suggest that the 4 pups left in the area have joined with 2 other wolves and the there have been reliable sightings of other single wolves both to the north andsouth.

There was a wolf meeting hosted by the Idaho Legislative Oversight Committee in Boise on the 4th. Representatives from Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Nez Perce Tribe, and the Service (Boise office) attended. They discussed the status of wolf recovery, the Oversight Committee, and the potential for state involvement in the program.

The weekly wolf report can now be viewed at the Service's Region 6 web site at www.r6.fws.gov/wolf.

Contact: Ed Bangs (406)449-5225 or Internet - ED_BANGS@FWS.GOV






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