One Step Closer to Wolf Management in Wyoming

Wyoming State Senator Bruce Burns
Wyoming State Senator Bruce Burns

The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission held a special meeting last week where changes were approved to the state's wolf management plan that bring state regulations in line with the agreement announced last month between Wyoming Governor Matt Mead and U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials.

Under the plan, 90% of the state would be classified as a predator zone where wolves could be shot on site year round. Only in the northwest part of Wyoming would people be required to obtain a license to hunt wolves.

The plan also implements a flex zone for northern Sublette and Lincoln counties, as well as southern Teton County that would protect wolves in that area from October 15th until the end of the following February.

State Senator Bruce Burns is the Chairman of the Senate Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Committee, and he says that work is being done on a bill right now.

The plan also requires Wyoming to maintain a population of 100 wolves and at least 10 breeding pair outside of Yellowstone National Park and the Wind River Indian Reservation.

The State Legislature will have to approve the plan during their upcoming budget session in early 2012, or in a special session called by Governor Mead.

If no major changes occur and the plan receives final approval next year, the Wyoming Game and Fish would like to begin quota managed hunting in the fall of 2012.

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