Wyoming Game and Fish Biologist Propose an Increase in Wolf Hunting

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Casper- (KCWY) "The majority of wolves in Wyoming are in the Yellowstone area, Cody, Jackson, that country,” said Casper Region Wyoming Game and Fish Wildlife Supervisor Brian Olsen.

Olsen says the state doesn't have as many wolves as Idaho and Montana, but the wolves which are in Wyoming are doing well enough for hunters to take even more this year.

"Our biologist does have a quota that they must maintain in order to keep the wolves from being relisted so a lot of this information is to maintain a population as a healthy population to keep it unlisted,” said Janet Milek, Casper Region Game and Fish public information specialist.

Around Casper and much of the state wolves are considered predators and can be shot at any time without a hunting license, but in areas north and west wolves are trophy animals which are strictly regulated.

"Although here in the Casper region we don't have any issues with wolves currently at this time it is important so that ranchers if anything is disturbing their livestock they are able to take care of that immediately,” said Milek.

Anyone who shoots a wolf in a predator area does still have to report the kill to game and fish within ten days or will face a wildlife violation fine.

"We keep very close track of packs, the success of those breeding packs, how many pups they have things like that and that helps us set those seasons along those harvest quotas," said Milek.

Proposed harvest quotas this year have doubled in the majority of hunt areas...biologist are confident wolves in Wyoming can withstand more being killed without wolves being listed again.

"It's important to stay off that list so the Wyoming Game and Fish department can actually manage the wolf species and the people of Wyoming have a say in how we manage those species,” said Olsen.