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Wyoming Wolf Hunt to Begin Sunday, Oct 1, 2017

October 1st marks not only the beginning of trapping season this year, but also begins the first wolf hunting season since 2013. While wolves cannot specifically be trapped in the Trophy Game Hunting Area, they can be trapped year-round in a large majority of Wyoming. Of course, predator trapping occurs year-round within the Trophy Game Hunting Area for wolves which puts them in danger of falling victim to leghold traps and snares. The wolf hunt extends to December 31 while trapping season is open until the end of April.

We believe no animal’s life should be taken solely for a trophy. As our society becomes more focused on watching wildlife, rather than eradicating them, it’s time to move beyond allowing hunting of a species for “recreational opportunity” and to respect the value of these animal’s lives.

Follow this link for a map of the Gray Wolf Trophy Hunting Areas:

Gray timber wolf (Canis lupus), walking in snow.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — For the first time since 2013, licensed wolf hunting will take place in Wyoming.

Wyoming’s wolf hunting season opens Sunday and runs through Dec. 31. It is confined to 12 trophy game hunt areas in the northwest part of the state.

Wolf hunting continues to be prohibited in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, the National Elk Refuge near Jackson and on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

Outside those areas and the trophy game hunt area, wolves are considered predators and can be shot on sight as long as the kill is reported.

Earlier this year, a court lifted federal protection for wolves in Wyoming. Montana and Idaho already have established wolf hunting seasons.

Full article: Wyoming Wolf Hunt to Begin Sunday

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