Wolves can be shot on sight in most of Wyoming after state takes over management

by as published at the Casper Star Tribune

Wyoming assumed management once again of wolves within its borders on Tuesday, and those apex predators wandering outside the northwest corner of the state can be shot on sight.

The Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., entered its final order in favor of Wyoming in a lawsuit that landed wolves back on the endangered species list in 2014. The court announced in early March that it had upheld the state’s plan but had not issued its final order.

Tuesday’s decision is what Wyoming wolf managers hope is the last legal battle in a roller-coaster legal process.

 “All indications are that this decision shows once again that Wyoming’s plan is a sound management plan,” said Brian Nesvik, chief of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s wildlife division. “They will remain in the hands of state management. For Wyoming this is, again, this is a time for us to celebrate. This is a good thing for Wyoming to be able to take on another wildlife resource.”

No changes were made to Wyoming’s wolf management plan from when the state oversaw the carnivores between 2012 and 2014, Nesvik said.

That means Wyoming will manage the 100 wolves and 10 breeding pairs outside of Yellowstone National Park and the Wind River Reservation.

Wolves in 85 percent of the state are considered a predator and can be shot on sight, similar to coyotes. They are classified as a trophy animal in the northwest corner of the state and subject to fall hunting seasons. Those seasons have not yet been set, Nesvik said, adding that wolves in those areas cannot be hunted right now. The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission will set those seasons after a public comment period…(CONTINUED)


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  1. Reading the comments on this article – there apparently ARE ranchers that are willing to go the non-lethal way – but then there are others who are pro-shoot, shovel, etc. Living in the Northeast – I dont really have the experience or knowledge of what it takes to make a living at ranching. But killing off wildlife because they get in your way? Not the answer.


  2. From PEER (Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility)

    Washington State U. Scientist Says Official Restraints Due to Political Pressure
    Posted on Apr 27, 2017

    Professor Robert Wielgus, Director of WSU’s Large Carnivore Conservation Laboratory, has been studying how to reduce conflict between gray wolves and livestock under a state grant. Last summer his research documented how a rancher released cattle near the den of the Profanity Peak wolf pack and placed salt blocks (around which cattle congregate) within 200 meters of the den. Predictably within days, the Profanity Peak pack began killing cattle. The state game agency responded by wiping out the pack..

    When Dr. Wielgus reported his findings and repeated them in the press, WSU administrators:.

    Repeatedly threatened disciplinary action, including a “cease and desist” order from making further public statements which they claimed constituted improper “lobbying”;

    Issued official statements erroneously attacking his credibility; and

    Imposed restrictions on his use of grant funds, including denying him reimbursement for research-related expenses



    • I remember reading about this “rancher” – pretty much any wild animal will go after anything that threatens their young. This guy deliberately put his cows in harms way. Time for a clean sweep – all the way around!


  3. Short video on link.
    Trump signed a cruel bill into law allowing the inhumane slaughter of wolves, bears and other animals on Alaska’s wildlife refuges.


    • Sorry – I know – no politics! BUT watching one after another – any regulation or law that protects wildlife and/or the environment being wiped out? How do these people sleep at night?


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