Idaho Wolf Update
January 29, 2001
Crews continue to conduct aerial monitoring flights, respond to reports of wolf sightings, and coordinate information about wolf activity with affected livestock producers.
North of the Salmon River
Panhandle, Clearwater, and Lolo National Forests
Marble Mountain. The Marble Mountain pack continues to use areas within the Marble Creek drainage.
Kelly Creek. The Kelly Creek pack was last located in early January. Alpha male wolf 9013 continues to use areas within the Weitas Creek drainage. Kelly Creek wolves B42 and B79 were last located together in the Fish Creek drainage on the Montana side of the Bitterroot divide.
Big Hole. The Big Hole pack was last located in the upper Lolo Creek drainage on the Montana side of the Bitterroot divide.
Lone wolves B64 and B81 were last located about 7 miles apart in the Fish Creek drainage in northwest Montana.
Nez Perce National Forest
Selway. The Selway pack was located, for the first time since last May, along the Breaks of the Main Salmon within their usual home range.
South of the Salmon River
Payette National Forest
Chamberlain Basin. The Chamberlain Basin pack continues to use areas along the higher elevation breaks of the Main Salmon River within the northern portions of their territory in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Female wolf B50 continues to use areas along the breaks of the Main Salmon River outside and adjacent to the northern boundary of the Chamberlain Basin packs territory.
Wolf Fang. The Wolf Fang pack was last located in the upper Big Creek drainage within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.
Thunder Mountain. The Thunder Mountain pack was last located in the South Fork of the Salmon drainage.
Paired wolf B45 has most recently been using areas in the French Creek drainage, north of McCall, ID.
Boise National Forest
Orphan. The Orphan pack continues to use areas within the upper South Fork of the Salmon River drainage.
Lone wolf F78, a dispersing wolf from the Kelly Creek pack, and an uncollared wolf continue to use winter range along the South Fork of the Payette River.
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Landmark. The Landmark pack was last located in the upper Loon Creek drainage.
Jureano Mountain. The Jureano Mountain pack continues to use usual winter range within their home range. The pack was last located along the breaks of the Main Salmon River below the town of Northfork, ID. Dispersing Stanley Basin wolf B97 appears to be loosely associated with the Jureano Mountain pack. The status of this wolf within the pack is currently unknown.
Moyer Basin. The Moyer Basin pack continues to use traditional winter range within their territory. They were last located within the Camas Creek drainage.
Whitehawk. The Whitehawk pack continues to travel widely through out the upper Salmon River drainage, upstream from the confluence of and including the East Fork of the Salmon River. They were last located within the East Fork of the Salmon River drainage.
Wildhorse. The Wildhorse pack continues to use areas within their home range in Copper Basin.
Stanley Basin. The Stanley Basin pack disbanded this fall, and all collared wolves left the Sawtooth Valley. Alpha female wolf B23 initially traveled south to the Big Wood River drainage. She then traveled north where she was located with B95 in the Main Salmon River drainage north of the confluence with the East Fork of the Salmon. B23 and B95 then traveled to the Big Lost River side of the Willow Creek Summit area where they were observed with 4 uncollared wolves. B100 initially traveled from the Sawtooth Valley to the east where she was located in the upper Big Lost River drainage. She then spent time on either side of the Willow Creek summit area, where she was observed traveling with two other uncollared wolves. B23, B95, and B100 were last located together in the East Fork of the Salmon River drainage. Stanley Basin Wolf B97 has dispersed north and is loosely associated with the Jureano Mountain pack. The current whereabouts of relocated alpha male wolf B27 is unknown.
Dispersing Thunder Mountain wolf, B58, has been sporadically located in the Copper Basin Area.
Bitterroot and Beaverhead National Forests
White Cloud. Relocated members of the White Cloud pack have frequented the Bitterroot Valley and Big Hole country of southwest Montana. Lone wolf B63 has regularly traveled from the Wise River area, west to the West Fork of the Bitterroot drainage. Alpha female wolf B36 and B86 are traveling together and have frequented southern portions of the Big Hole area. Most recently, B36 has traveled further east to the Grasshopper Valley area.
Twin Peaks. This pack has not been located since last fall. It was last located in the Mount Haggin area of southwest Montana.
Report Wolf Sightings
As the wolf population continues to expand, an increased number of wolves will be uncollared compounding the difficult task of documenting formation of new packs. The Wolf Recovery Program relies on wolf sighting reports from the public to identify potential areas to survey for new wolf pack activity. Reports we received in the Copper Basin area last winter led to the confirmation of the Wildhorse pack. We would like to thank all those who have taken the time to report observed wolf activity and are hopeful that continued help from the public will result in confirmation of additional wolf packs. The Recovery Program encourages the public to report all sightings of wolves or their sign. Sightings can be reported to Curt Mack by mail at Nez Perce Tribe, P.O. Box 1922, McCall, ID 83638, or by phone at (208) 634-1061, or by email at [email protected]; or Carter Niemeyer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1387 S. Vinnell Way, Rm 368, Boise, ID 83709, (208) 378-5347.
Nothing new to report.
Outreach, Information, Education, & Coordination
The US Fish and Wildlife Service, Wildlife Services, and the Nez Perce Tribe held their annual coordination meeting in Boise. Preparation and coordination for the winter livestock calving season and up coming field season were discussed.
Project personnel continue to work with livestock producers to minimize potential for wolf depredations on livestock during the winter calving season. The Wolf Recovery Program held an outreach meeting in Clayton, ID to coordinate wolf concerns with area livestock producers.
Management & Control
There is a growing potential for wolf-livestock conflicts with recent wolf activity around livestock calving areas along the upper Salmon River Corridor. Project personnel are working closely with area livestock producers coordinating information about wolf activity. Radio Activated Guard devices will be deployed to attempt to keep wolves out of calving pastures. Remedies are complicated by the transient nature of known wolf activity.
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