After months of no news from Wyoming (and complaints from this forum). A Wyoming wolf weekly suddenly appeared in my box, not from Mike Jimenez, wolf state wolf manager, but from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service — Ed Bangs!

It looks to me like the Wyoming wolf population is limping along, with a higher percentage killed than in Idaho (although the total lower because of the much smaller Wyoming wolf population base).

Some good news is a wolf pack in Dog Creek (Snake River Range) right near the the border of Eastern Idaho.

Here is the report
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WYOMING WOLF PROGRAM
WEEKLY REPORT

To: Regional Director, Region 6, Denver, Colorado

From: USFWS Wyoming Wolf Recovery Project Leader, Jackson, WY

Subject: Status of Gray Wolf Management in Wyoming and the NRM

WYOMING WOLF WEEKLY- September 29, 2008

Web Address – USFWS reports (past weekly and annual reports) and Wyoming weekly 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. Information concerning wolf management in Wyoming from 3/28/08 through 7/18/08 can be found on the Wyoming Game and Fish (WGFD) web site at http://gf.state.wy.us . Beginning 9/15/08, the USFWS will publish weekly wolf reports for Wyoming. All weekly and annual reports are government property and can be used for any purpose. Please distribute as you see fit.

USFWS reports (past weekly and annual reports) and Wyoming weekly reports can be viewed at http://westerngraywolf.fws.gov [this does not appear to be true. RM] . 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. Information concerning wolf management in Wyoming from 3/28/08 through 7/18/08 can be found on the Wyoming Game and Fish (WGFD) web site at http://gf.state.wy.us . Beginning 9/15/08, the USFWS will publish weekly wolf reports for Wyoming. All weekly and annual reports are government property and can be used for any purpose. Please distribute as you see fit.

Wolf Litigation and Management: Wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains (NRM) were delisted on March 28, 2008. On July 18, 2008, the U.S. Federal District Court in Missoula, Montana, issued a preliminary injunction that immediately reinstated temporary Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections for gray wolves in the NRM. All wolves in Wyoming are protected under the ESA as an experimental population and managed by the USFWS.

On September 22, 2008 the U.S. Department of Justice filed a motion to the Federal District Court in Missoula, Montana requesting that the February 27, 2008 NRM wolf delisting final rule be vacated and remanded back to the USFWS for further consideration and action. The Court can take whatever time it believes it needs to make that decision. The Court had reinstated the listed status to wolves on July 18, 2008 via a preliminary injunction that indictated the Court believed the USFWS was unlikely to prevail in its case. The FWS, in consultation with its State and other partners, concluded that the best and most timely way to resolve this issue was to get the final rule back in its hands to closely review the Court’s ruling, the final rule, the administrative record, any new information, and then consider whether modifications or some other action might be warranted.

Monitoring

A new pack of >4 wolves may have formed in the Dog Creek drainage west of Hoback, WY, near the Idaho/Wyoming border. Further investigations will be made to confirm this pack and determine whether the pack produced pups.

Radio collar efforts: We captured and radio collared 25 wolves from January through September 2008. Trapping/collaring efforts have ended for the summer now that big game seasons have begun. Collaring efforts will resume later this winter.

Wolf Mortality: From January 1, 2008 through September 29, 2008, the USFWS has documented 64 dead wolves in Wyoming (outside YNP). Causes of mortality include: agency control = 38 (59% of total mortality); hunters = 9 (14%); under investigation = 7 (11%); natural = 3 (5%); vehicle strikes = 2 (3%); individual livestock control = 2 (3%); capture related = 1 (2%); and unknown = 2 (3%).

Control

On 9/16/08, 8 sheep were killed by wolves on a public grazing allotment in the Upper Green River drainage. On 9/20/08, 2 additional sheep were killed by wolves. Control is ongoing to remove the Green River Pack which has repeatedly killed livestock this summer (8 cattle and 14 sheep). The pack consists of 4 adults and probably did not produce pups this year.

On 9/20/08, 1 calf was killed by wolves on a public grazing allotment south of Dubois, WY. Control actions were completed when W.S. removed 3 wolves from the East Fork Pack on 9/29/08.

On 9/20/08, wolves in the Crandall Pack killed an adult cow on a public grazing allotment in the Sunlight Basin area. On 9/28/08, 1 additional calf was killed by Crandall Pack wolves on a public grazing allotment. Control actions were completed when W.S. killed an adult female wolf at the depredation site on 9/29/08

On 9/23/08, 1 yearling steer was killed by 3 wolves in the Sunlight Basin, west of Cody, WY. This summer the Sunlight Pack killed >6 cattle. The USFWS requested W.S. to remove the 3 Sunlight Pack wolves and a Shoot-on-site permit was issued to the livestock producer.

Depredations: From January 1, 2008 through September 29, 2008, 60 confirmed wolf depredations (34 cattle and 26 sheep) were recorded in Wyoming. Two additional cows and 1 calf were injured by wolves.

Research

Nothing to report at this time.

Law Enforcement and Related Activities

Nothing to report at this time.

Outreach and Education

On 9/12/08, Doug Smith gave 2 interviews with BBC-England pertaining to a 3-hour documentary on Yellowstone National Park (YNP). Doug was interviewed about wolf issues in YNP and the Greater Yellowstone Area. One of these interviews was done in the Paradise Valley with a local rancher.

Further Information

To request an investigation of livestock injured or killed by wolves, please contact your nearest WGFD office or call 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

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is President of the Western Watersheds Project.

8 Responses to Amazing- a Wyoming Wolf Report appears!

  1. avatar John says:

    This is far more brutal than what is seen in Idaho. Methinks some overblown depredation claims.

  2. avatar Barb says:

    I don’t understand why livestock owners refuse to carry friggin’ business insurance like every other business owner. What gives?

  3. avatar Brian Ertz says:

    barb,

    why carry business insurance when third parties will cover it for you – and kill the wolf to boot !

    notice how many “control” actions are for depredations on public lands.

  4. avatar John says:

    Brian,
    Notice how many full packs they want destroyed.

  5. avatar Save bears says:

    Barb,

    I seriously doubt an insurance company would sell insurance on a commodity that is subject to so many different types of peril, I have several friends that are farmers and they have never been able to get insurance on their crops, and when it comes down to it, livestock is just another type of crop for many of the ranchers..

  6. avatar Caleb says:

    Brian, what gives the right for the ranchers to run their cattle on public land. Thats everyone’s land, not theirs to do whatever they want to do with it. It’s gonna come down to people having to kill off all their cattle to force them to move back east where they belong.

  7. avatar bobcaesar says:

    AMAZING!

    I couldn’t believe how information on Wyoming wolves had “dried up”. The NPS has closed off the road near the only ole Teton Pack’s den site all summer, but refused to make ANY comment as to why. We all know another wolf pack had taken up residence there. I know of three packs all denned on the National Parl border!

    Too bad, on the other hand in the Republic Wyoming of today, ANY public info would have resulted in extermination! You know laced hot dogs…!

  8. avatar mike mueller says:

    The sad reality is this. When you have a flawed system you will receive less than perfect results.
    (1) People pay taxes.
    (2) People vote.
    (3) People expect a healthy/economical food supply.
    (4) People will live where they want (if they have the money to do so).
    It has been shown that range fed beef is of higher quality than feed lot beef. Fighting with the ranchers is not the solution.
    The Solution:(1) Have managed wolf hunts near ranches etc.(hot spots). This would discourage wolves from being anywhere near man. Money would now be coming in to the wolf programs instead of just going out.(2) Land devolopers this to me is the biggest problem all wildlife is facing. Land development would be structured so that no more land could be turned into subdivisions until 90% of all townships,cities, currently existing or started subdivisions have a 90% fill rate!!! As for the rich Hollywood types or others. If you are not making over 50% of your income from large tracts of land it must be open for public use. This would include hunting, fishing, hiking, sight-seeing. The wildlife would certainly use it.

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