Wolf wanders back to Wyoming
by Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!
March 15, 2009
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports today that the wandering wolf that has travelled through parts of five states has now returned to Wyoming. According to FWS, "In early winter 2008, a female wolf dispersed from SW Montana and traveled through Wyoming, southeastern Idaho, northern Utah, and Colorado. Recent location data indicate the wolf is traveling through south central Wyoming.
Eleven wolves recently captured near Jackson were tested for Brucella abortus and brucella canis. All samples were negative for brucellosis. Six of the wolves live and den on the National Elk Refuge and four other wolves live immediately adjacent to the refuge. The seroprevalence rate of brucellosis for the refuge portion of the Jackson elk herd since 1980 averaged approximately 28 percent.
A recent sighting and photo of a wolf taken by a state agency biologist confirmed the presence of more than one black wolf north of Kemmerer. Tracks on the ground indicate there may be a pair of wolves in the area.