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The local status of wolves

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Three packs living in area

Wolves Locally

Calder Mountain (ID)—There were no radio collars associated with this pack in 2008. This pack was a documented border pack tallied by Idaho and likely spends some time in Montana. Biologist documented the presence of wolves in June and August. Public observations of up to 5 wolves were reported. This pack was not implicated in any livestock depredations. There were no wolf mortalities documented for this pack. The minimum number of wolves for this pack was not verified, reproduction was not verified and the pack was not counted as a breeding pair for 2008.

Game Management Unit (GMU) 2—This wolf group was newly documented in 2008. There were no radio collars associated with this group in 2008. Recurring reports from the public of 2 or 3 wolves in 2008 and an observation of 2 adult wolves by an IDFG employee indicate that this wolf group exists in the northern portion of GMU 2. This group was not implicated in any livestock depredations. There were no wolf mortalities documented for this group. The minimum number of wolves for this group was estimated at 2.

Cutoff Peak (ID)—northeast of Bonners Ferry. This pack was newly documented in 2008. There were no radio collars associated with this pack in 2008. This pack was a documented border pack tallied by Idaho and likely spends some time in Canada. IDFG personnel established the minimum pack size of 9 wolves, including 4 pups. Analysis of further information warranted a retroactive classification of documented pack for 2007. Trapping efforts were unsuccessful, in part due to the requirements of trapping wolves in grizzly bear country. This pack was discovered in the vicinity of cattle on a U.S. Forest Service grazing allotment although the pack was not implicated in any livestock depredations. There were no wolf mortalities documented for this pack. This pack was counted as a breeding pair for 2008.

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Stephen Augustine is a member of the Northern Rockies Wolf Group

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