Idaho Wolf Update
Week of April 21 - April 27, 2002
Monitoring priorities during April will focus on tracking the movements and activities of collared wolves, and locating wolf pack den sites in preparation for the summer field season.
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. Past reports of wolf activity that we have received have led to the documentation of the Wildhorse and Gold Fork packs. We are currently working with residents in areas around Riggings, Fairfield, and Salmon, Idaho, and Alta, Montana to document the status of reported wolf activity. We are also planning to initiate similar efforts in the Horseshoe Bend area. A community meeting has been scheduled for the end of April. 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 the Recovery Program by mail at Gray Wolf Recovery Program, Nez Perce Tribe, P.O. Box 1922, McCall, ID 83638, or by phone at (208) 634-1061, or by email at ; or Carter Niemeyer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1387 S. Vinnell Way, Rm 368, Boise, ID 83709, (208) 378-5347.
Wolf packs are now beginning to move to denning areas. Jureano Mountain, Landmark, and possibly Gold Fork, Wildlhorse, and B93 and B97 are now suspected to be denning. Preparation for summer field work is in full swing. Tribal field crews, with assistance from Wildlife Services and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be documenting the reproductive status of known wolf packs across the state starting in mid May. In addition, program staff will also be documenting presence of un-collared packs and trapping and collaring additional wolves.
Nothing new to report.
Outreach, Information, Education, & Coordination
Outreach priorities during this time of year focus on keeping local governments informed on wolf and wolf recovery activities through meetings with county commissioners in areas of existing wolf presence; informing rural communities, agencies, and potentially affected landowner of known wolf activity in new area across the state; soliciting the public's assistance to document new un-collared packs across the state; and providing information to the public about wolves and the Wolf Recovery Program through updates and progress reports. All of these efforts are prioritized according to availability of time, staff, and funding.
On 22-24 April, Idaho Wolf Recovery Program staff participated and presented at the Interagency Wolf Meeting in Boise, ID. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Wildlife Services staff participated in a field trip to the Soulen Livestock Co. ranch on 22 April. Rick Williamson and Stuart Brech of Wildlife Services presented results of RAG box trials in the East Fork of the Salmon River conducted this winter. Curt Mack with the Nez Perce Tribe presented an update on Idaho Recovery Program activities for 2001. Carter Niemeyer with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service presented an historic overview of program accomplishments, highlighting the success of recovery efforts in the northern Rocky Mountains.
Carter Niemeyer presented a wolf recovery update to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game Commission on Friday, 26 April.
The Recovery Program will continue to meet with County Commissioners, agencies, and host community meetings across the state during the month of April.
Management & Control
Recovery Program personnel continue to work with area livestock producers to minimize wolf depredations on livestock. Two calf carcasses were investigated by Wildlife Services as potential wolf kills in the Riggins, ID area. Neither was confirmed, however, wolf activity has been documented in the area. Program personnel continue to work closely with Riggins area producers to minimize the potential for wolf-caused livestock losses.
The Nez Perce Tribe is seeking volunteers to assist on the Idaho Gray Wolf Recovery Program for the 2002 field season. This is a great opportunity to gain valuable field experience while working in the rugged and beautiful backcountry of Idaho. Volunteers will work with Tribal wolf biologists to document the reproductive status of known wolf packs across the state, survey for new wolf pack activity, capture and radio-collar wolves, and work with cooperating agencies to manage wolves.
Term and Compensation: Field season runs from May 15 through 30 September. Work schedule is based on 10 days on and 4 days off. Volunteers willing to commit for the entire summer will be given preference. Transportation will be provided as well as a daily per diem of $15.00 while on duty. Some housing may be available.
For more information please contact the Nez Perce Tribe Gray Wolf recovery Project by phone at (208) 634-1061 or by e-mail at . Please submit a current resume by 30 April 2002 to:
Nez Perce Tribe
Wolf Recovery Project
PO Box 1922
McCall, Idaho 83638
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