A recent poll conducted by the University of Wyoming, and reported by the Billings Gazette, shows Wyomingites in the northeastern corner of the state are the most dissatisfied with the reintroduction of wolves into the state.
The poll showed the state is divided when it comes to whether the reintroduction of wolves should have been done in the first place. The poll yielded a 49/47 percent split that slightly favored the comeback of wolves, but the poll also has a four percent margin of error.
Since the reintroduction, 54 percent of the 668 Wyoming residents polled viewed the integration of wolves as mostly negative, and 35 percent viewed it as mostly positive. Counties along the Colorado border, along with Teton and Fremont counties, were most likely to view the integration positively. Jim King, a University of Wyoming political science professor who co-directed the survey, said livestock producers are generally less supportive of wolves.
Researchers completed the study in October, just as the hunting season began. Eighty-two percent of respondents viewed wolf hunting as favorable.