Friday, Federal authorities announced intentions to remove Wyoming gray wolves from the Endangered Species List, which would effectively transfer management of the population over to state officials.
They Wyoming Game and Fish Department has released preliminary regulations describing a new management plan. Wolves may be killed in areas where they are designated as a predatory animals, which includes Sheridan, starting October 1, the date the delisting becomes effective. In areas where wolves are classified as predators, there is no closed season, no license requirement and no bag limit.
Wolves in Northwest Wyoming are classified as Trophy Game Animals, and the Game and Fish has established 12 hunt areas, and seasons in each area that begin Oct. 1 and end Dec. 31. Wolf licenses are $18 for Wyoming residents and $180 for nonresidents. Hunters harvesting wolves in those areas must report a kill within 24 hours.
A media release from the Game and Fish explains the established seasons and regulations are conservative measures, designed to allow maximum population management to officials during the transitional period from federal to state control.
Hunters are encouraged to keep a close eye on the Game and Fish Department website to keep up with the latest regulations regarding gray wolf management regulations. To see a complete description of hunting regulations and area designations, click here.