Rabies vaccine may save rarest wolf from extinction

The Ethiopian wolf will greatly benefit from the rabies vaccination of as few as 30% of their population.

Story in the UK Independent.

10/12/06. Here is the abstact of the article, “Low-coverage vaccination strategies for the conservation of endangered species.”

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Mange declines as a problem for Greater Yellowstone wolves

In recent years, mange has grown as a problem for wolves of the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem, both in Montana and Wyoming, although none has been seen inside Yellowstone Park itself.

A recent query posted to this blog asked about current conditions, so I contacted Mike Jimenez of USFWS and Carolyn Sime, Jon Trapp, and Liz Bradley of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

Mange is known to affect just one Wyoming wolf pack this year, according to Jimenez. That is the Absaroka Pack, east of Cody. This pack has had a mange problem for years.

In Montana, mange has declined to three packs. They are the Mission Pack in the north end of the Montana Absaroka east of Livingston. Also afflicted are the Chief Joseph Pack and the Donahue Pack, which live on the fringes of Paradise Valley.

Below is a photo of a mangy Mission Creek Pack wolf.

Mangy Mission Creek pack wolf. Courtesy Montana Dept. of Fish, Wildlife and Parks

Sime told me that one male in particular in the Chief Joseph Pack is mangy.

Folks may recall that the Chief Joesph Pack was one of the original 1996 Yellowstone Park packs, but it slowly drifted north to reside entirely outside the Park.

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Recent Yellowstone Park wolf watching. October 2006

Cindy Knight posted a very interesting comment a day ago about her recent observations (early October) of the Agates and Sloughs on the Northern Range. She consented to have it made into a post. It follows.

“I watched the Slough Creek and the Agate Creek Packs all last week and had some of the best and most exciting views in the nine years I have been wolf watching.

The Agate Creek wolves were on a carcass by the Yellowstone River, and after gorging themselves all day, were sleeping when a grizzly took over the carcass. The alpha female, 472, immediately tried to drive off the bear and was charged by the bear several times. The other four adults reluctantly joined in and surrounded the bear, but 472 was the only one engaging the bear. They all gave up as it was evident the bear was much more determined than they were.

The next day the Slough Creek wolves chased the Agate Creek wolves back to Speciman Ridge where they regathered with great energy and howling. LaterI saw that seven of the Slough Creek wolves, minus “Sharp Right,” were back in the Lamar Valley. I saw the Sloughs in the same area again the next day.

It is great to see them at the old Druid rendezvous site. The Druids themselves made an appearance that day near Round Prairie, we learned, and heard that there were 14 of them?

The next day we watched the Slough Creek wolves (with Sharp Right and minus a yearling) chase away the wolf Parenthesis from “Dave’s Hill,” and then wander around howling for their missing member.

Later we saw all of the Agate Creek wolves on Dunraven Pass up the Chittendon Road on a small kill. The grays’ head were covered in blood, particularly 113M. A young bull was watching and 472F ran up to chase him away, but he backed her off. She’s feisty. Everyone else was fat and sleepy. The pups and yearlings went down into some aspen. The adult grays remained on or near the kill.”

Wilderness Society predicts “in-fill” of the giant Jonah gas field will degrade formerly pristine air beyond EPA Standards

The Jonah gas field is huge. It sits in the Green River Basin between the two splendid mountains ranges, the Wind Rivers and the Wyoming Range. It also damages winter range in the Basin.

This area had pristine air just several years back, but the “in-fill,” i.e., filling in of Jonah, may push the air quality below the EPA’s standard for particulates (grit in the air). This would be illegal, not just in Wyoming, but anywhere in the country where the air has always been cleaner than the minimum standards.

If it becomes a “non-attainment” area, Sublette County, WY would also have to forgo other types of development if they release any emissions at all.

Story in the Jackson Hole News and Guide.