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After big first hunt, wolf quota may be cut by half

After big first hunt, wolf quota may be cut by half

Apr 12, 2013 - The Associated Press

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is proposing to reduce wolf hunting quotas by half this fall because of the state's successful first hunt last year.

The wolf population could not withstand another 52-wolf quota without coming dangerously close to the required minimum set in Wyoming's delisting plan, said Mark Bruscino, the department's large carnivore program supervisor.

If wolf numbers drop below the minimum requirement, it could lead to re-listing the wolf as an endangered species, which results in special federal protections.

"Our intent the first year was to reduce the population," Bruscino said. "We estimated we would reduce it in the trophy game area and seasonal game area by 11 percent and we actually reduced it about 12 percent."

Hunters killed 42 wolves during the trophy and seasonal trophy hunting seasons from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31.

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