CODY - Beginning this fall, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department will monitor wolf populations by capturing and radio-collaring wolves in areas of Wyoming where wolves are designated as trophy game animals.
Mark Bruscino, large carnivore section supervisor, said, “The department will gain valuable and needed information from radio-collared wolves to better monitor the wolf population size and distribution in Wyoming. In order to maintain a recovered wolf population and keep the wolf off of the Endangered Species List, Wyoming must maintain at least 100 individual wolves and ten breeding pairs on lands outside of Yellowstone National Park and the Wind River Reservation. Currently, radio collars are and will remain the primary means the department uses to collect this important data that helps us determine population size and distribution needed to manage wolves.”
Information collected from radio-collared wolves is essential to maintain a recovered wolf population and will help ensure the species remains under state management authority in the future. Radio collars allow biologists to more readily locate wolf packs, count adults and pups, and more accurately estimate the number and location of wolf packs in Wyoming.
“At the end of this year, the department must have a sufficient number of collared wolves within the Trophy Game Management Area to monitor the population and fulfill our commitment to maintaining a recovered population,” Bruscino added.
Hunters who harvest a collared wolf in areas of Wyoming where wolves are designated as trophy game animals are required to return the radio collar to the Game and Fish Department within five days of the date of harvest. Hunters who harvest a collared wolf in areas where wolves are classified as Predatory Animals are required to turn in the radio collar within 10 days of the date of harvest.
(Contact: Tara Teaschner (307) 527-7125)