Wyoming wolf status 8/13/2010
by Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!
August 18, 2010
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports:
"Wyoming: At least 24 wolf packs have denned in Wyoming in 2010. We anticipate more breeding pairs will be identified this summer as additional den/rendezvous sites are located and reproduction is confirmed. Reproducing packs in Wyoming, Yellowstone National Park (YNP), and Grand Teton National Park (GTNP) include:
Wyoming (outside national parks): 14 packs produced pups (Absaroka, Beartooth, Chagrin River, East Fork, Elk Fork Creek, Greybull River, Green River, Hoodoo, Lava Mountain, Pacific Creek, Pinnacle Peak, South Fork, Sunlight, Owl Creek, and Wiggins Fork), plus 2 packs that are suspected to have denned (Rim and Washakie).
GTNP: 1 pack produced pups (Phantom Springs), plus 1 pack that is suspected to have denned (Huckleberry).
YNP: 9 packs produced pups out of 13 documented packs. Yellowstone wolf packs are transitioning from lower elevation den and rendezvous areas to higher elevations where prey are tracking greener forage. Monitoring of packs that had litters suggests higher pup survival relative to the last two summers where disease and strife were a significant mortality factor. The Bechler Pack was located in their traditional den area with 12 pups, suggesting two breeding females in this pack. The pack has not been tracked since May 2009 when the only collared wolf died."
In addition, FWS reports: "On 8/26/10, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department confirmed a calf was injured by wolves on private property southeast of Dubois. The calf was later euthanized due to the extent of its injuries."
To read the complete FWS wolf status report, click on the link below.