An increase in the total wolves that can be killed in the 2018 hunting season has been approved by the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission.
Commissioners, in their July meeting, approved a proposal for hunters to kill up to 58 wolves this season. That’s up from the 44 wolves during the 2017 season.
State wildlife officials say there are approximately 350 wolves in the the state. Of that number, they say about 210 live in the areas where hunting is allowed as part of its management program.
Ken Mills, the Wyoming DNR’s wolf biologist, told the commissioners the agency would like to get the number to about 160, which would include about 14 breeding pairs.
The state has committed to maintaining at least 100 wolves and 10 breeding pairs. It restored management options after a federal court ruling in 2017 removed the endangered species protection for the wolves in Wyoming.