The story on howlboxes had the latest map of the location of Montana wolf packs.

The Montana wolf population has been improving rapidly (my view) the last several years, with lots of areas with gaps filling in, but Idaho plans to decimate the wolf population in the upper Clearwater River area along the Idaho/Montana border could have a large effect on Montana wolf packs because many of the packs cross back and forth over the state line or are derived from Idaho wolf packs. Given a big wolf reduction effort in Idaho’s upper Clearwater, the Montana wolves would continually migrate back into the killing zone in Idaho.

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan's Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of "Hiking Idaho." He also wrote "Beyond the Tetons" and "Backpacking Wyoming's Teton and Washakie Wilderness." He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

10 Responses to Montana wolf pack map

  1. JEFF E says:

    Which brings up a question I have had for some time. Does any one know what the status of the wolves that immigrated naturally will be under delisting?

  2. Jeff,

    They are all part of the Northern Rockies DPS and will be delisted, although their distinct status in the past might continue if the new 10j rule is not rejected by the court, but delisting is set aside by the court.

  3. Drew says:

    Does a simular map exist for Idaho? If so will someone post it or a link to it. Thanks

  4. There is a 2006 map. The 2007 map will probably appear soon

  5. Terrell says:

    I hope you will submit a post or two occasionally to Learning in the Great Outdoors, the carnival of environmental education. I think the teachers, homeschoolers, and other nature enthusiasts who read LIGO would enjoy your wildlife news.

  6. Jim Doherty says:

    Ralph: I hear Montana, responding to pressure from pro-wolfers, is in the process of modifying its mgt. plan to kill fewer but Wyoming and Idaho are hanging tough. What’s your take on the numbers game less than 2 weeks before D-Day? 1500 wolves total today. Where do the 3 states want that number to be a year from now? Only a few weeks ago it would have been 300. Regards, Jim

  7. Jim,

    No Montana improved their plan a little bit. Idaho improved their plan a lot.

    Wyoming seems to be unchanged.

  8. Catbestland says:

    Does anyone have a link to a Wyoming wolf pack map?

  9. Michelle Koubek says:

    There is a map in the Yellowstone Wolf Project annual report. (there is a map on that webpage, but open up the actual report for a better map). That map is only for the yellowstone park itself though.


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