Talk by Diane Boyd… A Wolf’s Journey Home to Montana

By | September 7, 2018

Wolf in the yard by Mark Heaphy

Diane Boyd is going to be giving a talk “A Wolf’s Journey Home to Montana” at 7 PM on Sunday evening, right before the NFLA September business meeting. This talk should be both informative and inspirational.

Below is a reprint of an earlier post where Diane gives a report on the wolves of the North Fork.

North Fork Wolf Report – Aug 13, 2018

Following is a report from Diane Boyd, Wolf and Carnivore Specialist for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks…

The North Fork is home to four wolf packs this year: Whale Creek, Kintla, Akokala, and Dutch.  I am relying more and more on trail cameras and local reports to keep track of our wolves in northwestern Montana.  The goal of Fish, Wildlife & Parks, is to monitor as many packs as is feasible in Region 1 (NW MT) through the use the of Patch Occupancy Modeling (POM), trail cameras, local reports, agency reports, and a few radiocollars. We hope to reduce the number of radiocollars we put out on wolves and rely more on POM and citizen science to monitor wolves in this area.  If you see, hear, or photograph wolves in the North Fork (or anywhere else in Montana for that matter) I’d greatly appreciate hearing from you.  For more information on POM, please read the article in March-April issue of Montana Outdoors magazine (pg 36-39).

Here is an update of what I know about our wolf packs as of mid-August, 2018:

The Whale Creek Packspends all of its time west of the North Fork River, threading its way through private land and Forest Service land from Trail Creek to Red Meadow Creek.  The alpha male in this pack is wearing an active GPS collar but I have little information about how many wolves are in the pack, and how many pups they had this year.  Localized movements indicate they did indeed den and produce pups but no one has yet seen them. Last year this same pack was seen and photographed by many residents in the Whale Creek and Moose Creek areas, delivering great information on this pack.  Local residents are the best source of information on our ‘neighborhood pack’, and I’m grateful for any information or photos you can send my way.

The Kintla Packdenned in the very northwest corner of Glacier National Park.  The pack spends 95% of its time in the Park but does occasionally cross the North Fork River into the Trail Creek vicinity.  Four pups have been seen with several adults so far this year.

The Akokala Packranges from the north end of Big Prairie south to Quartz Creek.  These wolves venture west across the North Fork River into private and Forest Service lands in the Polebridge area, give or take a few miles.  So far one pup has been seen, along with several adults.  I’m hoping to hear of sightings of more pups soon.

The Dutch Packranges from Logging Creek to Lake McDonald and the Camas Road, and west across the North Fork River through private and Forest Service lands.  No pups have been seen so far, but I have had photos of several adult wolves on my trail cameras.

Thank you for taking an interest in our North Fork wolves and monitoring efforts!  Please feel free to contact me anytime with wolf information or questions.

Diane Boyd, 751-4586, dboyd@mt.gov

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Patti Hart is the editor-in-chief and founder of the NFNews.net. Patti lives on the North Fork during the summers and travels the world for the rest of the year, updating NFNews every day wherever there is an internet connection.

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