Wyoming wolf update, including Yellowstone Park, May 18 – May 22, 2009

Weekly report from the USFWS has details about the government killing of YNP wolf-

If you want the details from the government about the first control kill of a Yellowstone Park wolf, it is in this report, along with some other information.

Wolf reports, if any, now with delisting for Idaho and Montana are the responsibility of those states.

Here is the latest report. Ralph Maughan

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  • 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- May 18 through May 22, 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.


A radio collared wolf from the Yellowstone Delta Pack dispersed from the park some time in March 2009. The wolf had been captured and fitted with an Argos GPS collar this last winter. The young female wolf was recently located south of Lander, WY.


Yellowstone National Park

A wolf that had become habituated to people and chased bicyclists on more than one occasion was euthanized Tuesday morning by Yellowstone National Park staff along Fountain Flat Drive. The yearling male wolf from the Gibbon Meadow Pack was first sighted in the vicinity of Midway Geyser Basin in March 2009.  In recent weeks, the wolf had been frequently observed in Biscuit Basin and the Old Faithful developed areas in close proximity to park visitors.  The wolf had reportedly exhibited behaviors consistent with being conditioned to human food. Read the rest of this entry »

Echohawk, ex-Idaho Attorney General is confirmed to head the Bureau of Indian Affairs,

Democrat Echohawk comes from era when Democrats had near parity with Republicans in Idaho State government-

Larry Echohawk, a member of the Pawnee tribe, has just become head of the troubled Bureau of Indian Affairs in the Department of Interior. Now teaching  at Brigham Young University, as a Democrat he was an Idaho State Senator, later state Attorney General, and lost in a bid to become Idaho’s governor to the then rising politcian, Dirk Kempthorne.

Until 1994, Democrats were doing fairly well in Idaho, except for the legislature when they haven’t controlled since the 1950s.

Utahn takes on massive job over Indian affairs. BYU professor takes on agency’s top post. By Thomas Burr. Salt Lake Tribune.

Although the Bureau doesn’t have a lot of direct conservation authority, because of its indirect influence over the Indian Reservations, it is good to have this agency filled by a conservationist.