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The Adams County Record Wednesday, March 14.2012 US Fish & Wildlife Service 2011 Wolf Report considered probable wolf kills. The Region Here are the main points from the report about the entire Northern Rocky Mountain Distinct Population Segment (NRM DPS): As the NRM DPS wolf population grew larger and our monitoring efforts remained constant, population estimates have become less precise., [As more wolves are hunted, they are becoming harder to catch and collar.] However, our minimum estimate of the NRM DPS wolf population is still very accurate compared to most estimates of wildlife population density and distribution in North America.. In 2011, the NRM DPS minimum wolf population estimate increased slightly (-3%) from 2010 levels. Pack and breeding pair estimates in 2011 were similar to estimates obtained in 2010. Moreover, the use of other indices of wolf population abundance, such as livestock damage, percentage of packs depredating, agency control, and site-specific research, suggested that the overall NRM DPS wolf population in 2011 was not appreciably larger than 2010 levels. As of December 31, 2011, the minimum estimated gray wolf population within the NRM DPS was composed of at least 1,774 wolves in 287 packs (groups of two or more wolves with territories inside the NRM DPS that persisted until December 31, 2011. At least 109 packs estimated minimum of 653 wolves in Montana, 328 in Wyoming, and 746 in Idaho. Twenty- nine wolves (5 packs, 1 breeding pair) were estimated to be in eastern Oregon and 18 wolves (3 packs, 2 breeding pairs) were found within the NRM DPS in eastern Washington. An additional two packs (one breeding pair) were known to exist in western Washington outside the NRM DPS. Minimum recovery goals of an equitably distributed wolf population containing at least 300 wolves and 30 breeding pairs in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming for at least 3 consecutive years have been exceeded in the NRM DPS since 2002. Wolf Depredations: In 2011, cattle depredations were similar, sheep and other livestock depredations decreased, and dog depredations slightly increased compared to 2010. Wolves in the NRM DPS subsist primarily on elk, white-tailed deer, mule deer, and moose, but livestock are also attacked. Total confirmed livestock depredations by wolves in 2011 were down slightly from 2010 levels and included 193 cattle, 162 sheep, 9 dogs, and 7 other livestock (5 horses and 2 domestic bison; Table 5a-c). Approximately 58 of 294 (~20%) known NRM DPS wolf packs (outside YNP) that existed at some point in 2011 were involved in at least one confirmed livestock or pet depredation. This is slightly lower than the 2010 estimate of 25%. by Dale isk The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and State Agencies have released their 2011 Annual Report for the Northern Rocky Mountain Wolf Population. The report covers the entire Northern Rocky Mountain Distinct Population Segment (NRM DPS), which includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and a small part of Utah. Wolves have spread into all of these states. Idaho Here is the meat of the section about Idaho: Biologists documented 101 Idaho packs alive at the end of 2011. The year-end population was estimated at 746 wolves. In addition, there were 24 documented border packs counted by Montana, Wyoming, and Washington that had established territories overlapping the Idaho boundary. Of 63 Idaho packs known to have reproduced, 40 qualified as breeding pairs at the end of the year. These reproductive packs produced a minimum of 177 pups. Biologists confirmed the deaths of 296 wolves during 2011. Of known wolf mortalities, harvest accounted for 200 deaths. Agency control and legal landowner take in response to wolf- livestock depredation, and IDFG-authorized wolf removals, accounted for 63 deaths. Eighteen wolf mortalities were attributed to other human causes (including illegal take). The cause of 12 wolf mortalities could not be determined, and 3 wolves died of natural causes. met the .fip3;.tiola of a ,: Private and state breeding pair (packs that agencies paid livestock contained at least one owners $309,553 for adult male, one adult confirmed losses last female, and two or more year. pups on December 31, A link to the report 2011. can be found here: fws. At the end of 2011, gov/mountain-prairie by state, there were an , During.201 i, 71 c&tt!e, 121 sheep, 3 horses, 6 dogs, and 2 domestic bison were classified by USDA APHIS Wildlife Services as confirmed wolf kills. Nineteen (19) cattle, 26 sheep, 1 horse, and 1 dog were THE SUBARU SPRING St. Patrick's Day Dinner Gala And plans for other events at Meadows Valley by Lin Davis A corned beef and cabbage gala, to benefit Meadows Valley Community Development, will be held on Saturday, March 17, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Ernie's Steakhouse at MeadowCreek Golf Resort. In the spring of last year, Meadows Valley was fortunate to be awarded an Idaho Community Review coordinated by the Idaho Rural Partnership, which issued an extensive report on their findings and took the community through recommendations in mid-summer. Key recommendations were for the community to continue meeting, to reach a community consensus on what actions the community wanted to tackle, and to form action teams to spearhead the identified , activities. The community contributed ideas for development and voted on the initiatives they wanted to pursue. , Four initiatives rose to the top: Education, , Economic Development, Celebrating the Great Outdoors and Western Culture, and action , teams of community , volunteers were formed to bring these initiatives to reality. In addition to the inaugural St. Patrick's Day Dinner. Meadows Valley Community Development is creating a student competition for Meadows Valley 100th Anniversary posters, a "Dance Hall Days" celebration on June 30th at the New Meadows Train Depot auditorium, featuring the dances and costumes of 100 years ago, and the re-creation of the Meadows Valley Chamber of Commerce. Residents of Adams and Valley Counties, and all visitors, are cordiaUy invited to the St. Patrick's Day Gala and the Early Dancing Celebration on June 30th. The St. Patrick's Day Dinner Gala will feature corned beef and cabbage, Irish Soda bread from Evening Rise Bakery, Ballymaloe Salad, Irish whiskey cake and beers from Salmon River Brewery. Salmon River Brewery notes: "McCall's Salmon River Brewery ls pleased to be involved In the St. Patrick's Day Dinner Party. With the higher elevation shoulder season right at our doorstep, we are happy to play a part In an energizing local event in the Meadows Valley. Community building is very important to SRB, and St. Patrick's Day is one of SRB's favorite social holidays, so it is a win-Win! SRB brewers will be on site pouring our Udaho Gold, a light, refreshing and low alcohol Golden Ale, and our more robust Chunder Chocolate Oatmeal Stout will be pouring because it wouldn't be a proper St. Patrick's day without a Stout! The brewery will also be donating items to the Meadows Valley Community Development." Specially done Corned Beef from Double D Meats in New Meadows will be the main course. The evening will also feature Irish music and dancers. Brett & Dixie Carpenter and Paddy Libby, all from Meadows Valley will be playing Irish music. Craig Baker a long-time Irish dancer and Meadows Valley High School teacher will be the Clogger. In addition to the raffle articles donated by Salmon River Brewery, there is a beautiful crocheted lace table cloth made and donated by Taeko Branden and lots of other items for raffle and door prizes. Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for children 6-12 years of age and free for children under 6. Tickets are available at New Meadows City Hall, Salmon River Brewery in McCall, or at Ernie's at MeadowCreek Golf Resort the evening of Saturday, March 17. For further information, call New Meadows City Hall at 347-2171. All proceeds will go to Meadows Valley Community Development and all are welcome to come wearin' th' green. 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