After a report on the success of the Wyoming Game and Fish Deparment's wolf management and population monitoring program was released Wednesday, department officials said they are pleased with the results. Sheridan Media's Chris Foy has the story.
The state of Wyoming took over management authority for wolves in September of 2012, and since then has fleshed out a multi-faceted approach to managing the predators. According to a media release from Game and Fish, Wyoming’s wolf management plan includes a dual-status designation for wolves, which allows for regulated hunting seasons in parts of northwest Wyoming and unlimited wolf hunting in the rest of the state.
According to the results found in the report, Chief Game Warden Brian Nesvik says Game and Fish's intensive population monitoring shows that there were 169 wolves within the wolf trophy game management areas at the end of the hunting season. And that's in-line with the department's goals.
Nesvik says the department set a goal of reducing the wolf population in the Wolf Trophy Game Management Area and Seasonal Wolf Trophy Game Management Area from 192 to 172 individual wolves in 2012. Additionally, wolf breeding pairs were also reduced from 19 to 15.
He says the year-end data suggests that Wyoming’s dual-status plan is working and that the state can maintain a recovered population of wolves while minimizing conflicts and providing hunting opportunity.
To read a copy of the entire report, click on the attachment below.