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The gray wolf population in Wyoming is solid, which shows the state's management plan continues to work. Wolves found in Wyoming not represented within the management area boundaries
depicted on the map are managed as predators. (Photo by Mark Gocke/WGFD)
Wolf numbers remain
steady in Wyoming
CHEYENNE - The population of gray
wolves in Wyoming remains steady, thanks
in large part to the state's management plan.
According to the 2020 Wyoming Gray
Wolf Monitoring and Management annual
report, Wyoming is maintaining wolf numbers
at healthy levels. Part of the management strategy
uses hunting, which has helped maintain
steady wolf numbers and keep wolf conflict
numbers low.
At the end of 2020, at least 147 wolves
were recorded within the wolf trophy game
management area, where the Wyoming
Game and Fish Department focuses management.
That area is in northwest and parts
of north-central Wyoming.
The gray wolf was delisted from the Endangered
Species List in 2017, and as part of Game
and Fish's Wyoming Gray Wolf Management
Plan, recovery criteria is 100 wolves and 10
breeding pairs outside Yellowstone National
Park and the Wind River Indian Reservation.
The wolf population for Yellowstone National
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Park and Wind River Reservation was at least
123 and at least 21, respectively. An additional
36 wolves were documented in the seasonal
WTGMA and predatory animal areas outside
Yellowstone and the Wind River Reservation
for a total minimum year-end population of
at least 327 wolves in Wyoming.
This is the 19th consecutive year wolf
numbers have remained above minimum delisting
criteria and shows the way the presence
of the animal has become integrated into the
broader ecosystem.
" After having management of wolves
returned to Wyoming in April of 2017 we
made a strong commitment to ensure we
would be responsive and responsible managers
in accordance with the plan, " said Dan
Thompson, Game and Fish large carnivore
section supervisor. " Part of that is providing
an accurate population estimate possible.
We are building a dataset that supports our
management actions and helps target areas
of livestock conflict and areas where there are
concerns with how wolves are affecting certain
big game populations. "
Reaching a steady wolf population is partially
attributed to hunting. Wolf hunting
seasons within the WTGMA and seasonal
WTGMA require hunters to have a license and
adhere to set mortality limits and other regulations.
In 2020, hunters in the WTGMA and
seasonal WTGMA accounted for nearly 43
percent of all wolf mortalities, while lethal control
following wolf-livestock conflict attributed
to 38 percent.
Ken Mills, the report author and the lead
wolf biologist for Game and Fish, said seeing
success with hunting as a tool to stabilize wolf
populations is notable.
" That lends credence to our management
approach and how we are going through the
recovery process, " Mills said. " It is significant
that today we are reaching a point where
we have predictability in our management, "
Mills said.
- WGFD staff

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