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State predicts hunters would kill 52 wolves in initial season
Wolf hunting could become legal in the state this fall. File photo

State predicts hunters would kill 52 wolves in initial season

Apr 12, 2012 - The Associated Press

JACKSON (AP) -- Wildlife managers estimate hunting and other causes of death should reduce Wyoming's wolf population outside Yellowstone National Park to roughly 170 wolves by next December.

The estimate from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department assumes the predator is removed from Endangered Species Act protection in the state next fall as planned.

Wildlife managers say there are currently about 270 wolves in Wyoming outside of Yellowstone.

Under the proposed rules, hunters would be allowed to kill 52 wolves in Wyoming next fall.

Other mortality, including poaching and vehicle collisions, would bring the total to 98 dead wolves.

State biologist Ken Mills says the proposed hunting rules will ensure the state maintains a viable wolf population.

Public hearings on the wolf management proposal are being conducted this month around the state.

The plan is the result of long negotiations between Wyoming and the federal government that went on for years after Montana and Idaho had reached agreements with federal authorities on managing delisted wolves.

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