Wyoming Wolf Population Healthy
Written by Andrew-Rossi on April 12, 2018
Wyoming is estimated to have at least 347 wolves roaming within its borders after the state regained management of the animals and allowed limited hunting of wolves.
The number of wolves counted by state game managers at the end of 2017 is down from about 380 estimated the year before. Specifically, the count shows at least 238 wolves living outside of Yellowstone National Park and the Wind River Reservation. The population count for Yellowstone National Park is at least 97 and at least 12 for the Wind River Reservation.
State Game and Fish Department officials say the wolf population level is healthy, but a wildlife advocate decried the drop in numbers.
The agency reports 43 wolves were legally hunted last year in the state. It was the first time since 2013 that the state held a wolf hunt after the federal government allowed the state to resume management of the wolves last year.
The state also reported 191 livestock killed by wolves in 2017, which is down from a total of 243 in 2016.