CODY - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is looking for information about the illegal killing of a wolf in the North Fork of the Shoshone River area west of Cody.
Wildlife Investigator Irah Leonetti said that the wolf was found in the Sweetwater drainage on the Shoshone National Forest last Tuesday. “The wolf was illegally shot sometime between February 15 and February 19,” Leonetti said. “We are looking for information from members of the public who may have been in the area during this time frame.”
Wyoming assumed management of gray wolves when they were removed from the federal list of threatened and endangered species on Sept. 30, 2012. Wyoming’s first gray wolf hunting season took place from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, 2012. The formulas that Game and Fish biologists use to establish wolf hunting quotas and seasons take into account all sources of mortality, including the potential of some illegal take.
“We are very happy with Wyoming’s first wolf hunting season,” said Chief Game Warden Brian Nesvik. “The overwhelming majority of wolf hunters were compliant with new wolf hunting laws.” “The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is committed to maintaining a recovered population of wolves in northwest Wyoming. In addition to our law enforcement efforts, we have mounted an intensive monitoring program to help us learn more about Wyoming’s wolves, their numbers, their movements and interactions, and their effects on other wildlife.” Nesvik noted that the Department will investigate and prosecute wolf poaching cases with the same focus and tenacity that they pursue crimes against other game species.
The department requests the public’s help with this investigation. Anyone with information about this incident should call Wyoming’s Stop Poaching hotline at 1-877-WGFD-TIP, report online at wgfd.wyo.gov, or call Wildlife Investigator Irah Leonetti at 307-527-7125. Those with information can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward. Help protect Wyoming’s wildlife: “Stop Poaching – Help Us Stand Watch.”
(Contact: Cody Regional Office (307) 527-7125)