Wyoming wolf update
by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
April 20, 2009
Gray Wolves in the Northern Rocky MountainsMountain-Prairie Region
Wyoming Gray Wolf Recovery Status Report
From: USFWS Wyoming Wolf Recovery Project Leader, Jackson, WY
Status of Gray Wolf Management in Wyoming and the NRM
WYOMING WOLF WEEKLY- April 13 through April 17, 2009
Web Address – USFWS reports (past weekly and annual reports) can be viewed at http://westerngraywolf.fws.gov. Weekly reports for Montana and Idaho are produced by those States and can be viewed on the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and Idaho Department of Fish and Game websites. All weekly and annual reports are government property and can be used for any purpose. Please distribute as you see fit.
The Rocky Mountain Wolf Recovery 2008 Annual Report is available at: http://westerngraywolf.fws.gov.
Status of the NRM wolf delisting rule
The Final Rule to Establish a Gray Wolf – Northern Rocky Mountain Distinct Population Segment and Remove it from the Federal List of Threatened and Endangered Species becomes effective May 4, 2009. It was published in the Federal Register Vol 74, No. 62 pages 15123-15188on April 2, 2009. The rule, the literature cited, and Questions and Answers about it are posted on the USFWS website at http://westerngraywolf.fws.gov. The rule delists wolves in Montana, Idaho, eastern one-third of Washington and Oregon, and a small part of north central Utah. Wolves in Wyoming will remain under the adequate regulatory mechanisms of the ESA. The US Fish and Wildlife Service will continue to manage wolves in all of Wyoming under the provisions of the 1994 nonessential experimental population rules. Management under the ESA will continue until such time Wyoming develops a regulatory framework that the Service determines meets the purposes of the ESA. After that happens the Service may initiate the mandatory federal regulatory process [including public review and comment] to turn management over to Wyoming.
A male wolf that was recently radio collared north of Jackson dispersed south and was located near the Rim Pack, south east of Bondurant, WY.
Approximately 60% of the packs in the Northern Range in Yellowstone National Park have denned; however, no interior pack dens have been confirmed.
On 4/14/09, Wyoming W.S. confirmed a yearling calf was killed by wolves south of Casper, WY. The USFWS requested W.S. to remove the 2 wolves from the area where the depredation occurred. Control efforts are ongoing.
Two wolves near Baker City, OR have been confirmed to have killed about 2 dozen sheep (almost all were lambs) this past week. On the 17th a calf on a neighboring ranch was attacked and later died. ODFW and USFWS are on the scene and trying to get a radio collar in the 'group' as the first step to figure out the situation. Wolf and livestock depredation expert Carter Niemeyer [former USDA WS and USFWS] is volunteering for ODFW and is on the scene assisting with field work. Options are being evaluated and the USFWS is coordinating agency activities and options.
Nothing to report at this time.
Law Enforcement and Related Activities
The radio collar transmissions from the female wolf travelling in Northwestern CO stopped moving at the end of March, 2009. Investigators from the Colorado Division of Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service responded and retrieved her carcass. Those investigators are working toward determining the cause of death, which has not yet been determined. Anyone with information regarding the death of this wolf is urged to call the Colorado Division of Wildlife at 1-877-COLO-OGT or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 970 257-0795.
Outreach and Education
Nothing to report at this time.
To request an investigation of livestock injured or killed by wolves, please contact the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Wildlife Services at (307)261-5336.
For additional information, please contact:
Ed Bangs (406)449-5225 x204 or Ed_Bangs@FWS.GOV
Mike Jimenez (307)733-7096 or (307)330-5631 or Mike_Jimenez@FWS.GOV