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Wyoming Gray Wolf Hunting Seasons

No one needs to tell us that Wyoming wolves are suffering low priority in Wyoming’s wildlife management. Especially now!  You can help us change that!  Here’s an opportunity to take immediate action.

  • WGFD Public Meeting in Jackson, WY
  • June 6, 2019
  • 6:00 PM @ Teton County Library, 125 Virginian Lane

Wyoming Wolves Need Your Comments!

Comment deadline for Chapter 47 is 5:00 PM on Monday, June 17, 2019

Wildlife managers are reporting reduced numbers throughout wolf range in Wyoming, the fewest animals counted since the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) took over management and initiated hunting seven years ago.  The overall Wyoming wolf population, estimated at 286 as the calendar turned to 2019, was down 61 animals from a year ago.

Wyoming wolves are trapped and killed in almost any manner in over 85% of the state.  But yet, the WGFD continues to reduce the population to minimum numbers.

The WGFD is holding public meetings on the proposed 2019 gray wolf hunting seasons for comment. The final proposal will go to the G&F Commission at the July 18-19 meeting in Rock Springs, WY. Comment deadline Monday, June  17, 5:00 p.m. The local Jackson, WY public meeting is at the Jackson Teton County Library, June 6, 6pm.  A second public meeting is in Dubois at the Headquarters Arts and Conference Center, May 29, 6pm.

Show Up. Get Informed. Comment.

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Statement of Reasons
CH 47: Gray Wolf Hunt Seasons
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WU public comments submitted to WGFD

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Go to https://wgfd.wyo.gov/Get-Involved/Public-Meetings
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WYOMING GRAY WOLF MONITORING AND MANAGEMENT 2018 ANNUAL REPORT

We have posted a few key numbers from the annual wolf report, followed by recommended Talking Points for public comment to WGFD.  WU believes that there is no science-based foundation for “sport” or “trophy” hunting, trapping or managing a population to minimum numbers.

Deadline for Comments: June 17, 5:00 p.m.

Wildlife managers are reporting reduced numbers throughout wolf range in the state.

  • Wyoming Game and Fish reported 286 wolves statewide running in 46 packs at the end of 2018.  This count breaks down as follows: 80 wolves in Yellowstone National Park, 152 in Wyoming’s Trophy Zone, 44 in Wyoming’s Predator Zone (over 85% of the state) and 10 wolves in the Wind Reservation.  This is down 61 animals from a year ago.  That’s the fewest animals counted since the WGFD took over management and initiated hunting seven years ago.
  • Yellowstone National Park wolf numbers are as low as they have been since the late-1990s reintroduction era. They cannot go below 50 and 5 breeding pairs or wolves are relisted.
  • Game and Fish has a population goal of 160 wolves outside Yellowstone Park boundaries.  If the wolf population outside the Park falls below 150 wolves and 10 breeding pairs, wolves are automatically relisted.  Thus, 160 wolves are as low as the state can go while still ensuring that 10 federally required breeding pairs remain on the landscape. This year the count came out at 152, a 23% dip below 2018’s count of 198 wolves.
  • Wyoming officials tallied 13 breeding pairs within their jurisdiction, although two of those pairs resided within the predator zone. Wolf numbers cannot go below 10 breeding pairs in the Trophy Zone without automatic relisting.
  • This is the outcome Wyoming managers have been seeking through fewer wolves concern wildlife watchers.
  • The balance of Wyoming’s wolf population lives in the “trophy game” area, in the Yellowstone region’s core outside the national parks. Here, WGFD has the most control over numbers, and they use hunting as the primary tool.
  • Game and Fish has a long-held population goal of 160 wolves in that region, a count that, models say, is as low as the state can go while still ensuring that 10 federally required breeding pairs remain on the landscape. This year the count came out at 152, a 23% dip below 2018’s count of 198 wolves.
  • Various human causes of death explained the vast majority of wolf mortalities. About half died from hunting; more than a third were culled after deadly run-ins with livestock.
  • Game and Fish chalked up 54 cattle, 15 sheep and a horse as having succumbed to wolf predation. Cattlemen lost roughly half the stock they did in 2017, and a third of what was documented in 2016. Woolgrowers, likewise, dealt with only about a fifth the predation that was reported the previous two years.
Chart of number of wolves in Wyoming

Talking Points

It is usually most effective to be persuasive, but not rude, sarcastic or angry.  Speak from the heart of one who is more inclined to support our Game & Fish Department if and when doing what is best and right for all residents and visitors in Wyoming, now and into the future.  Original words directly from your own heart and mind are more likely to be given consideration than words and phrases that sound scripted.

Focus the energy of your words on wolf hunting, trapping and snaring reform and the shifting tide to twenty-first century wildlife management and public tolerance.

How should you say it?

Wrap your own words around a spectrum of reasons to send wolf trophy trapping and hunting practices to the “gut pile”.  Reasons that might speak to:

  • emerging trends in wolf wildlife management;
    WU believes that the value of wolves to the health of our public landscapes outweighs the recreational opportunity to trap and kill with cruel and inhumane steel devices year-round without any scientific foundation.  We request that the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission permanently end hunting of wolves in the Trophy Zone.
  • wolves are not trophies;
    We value wolves as valuable contributors to a healthy landscape.
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