Game and Fish says state wolf plan a success

Apr 11, 2013 The Associated Press

CHEYENNE -- Officials with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department say the state has been successful in managing wolves.

The state took over wolf management from the federal government in late September. The state allowed trophy hunting for wolves in a zone around Yellowstone National Park while wolves in most of the state are classified as unprotected predators that may be shot on site.

Chief Game Warden Brian Nesvik says the state wanted to reduce the wolf population in trophy game areas from 192 animals down to 172. He says population monitoring shows 169 wolves were left at the end of hunting season. The number of breeding pairs of wolves dropped from 19 to 15.

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