Wolf News Roundup 12/22/2017
by Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!
December 22, 2017
What an interesting week in wolf news! Here's the highlights:
• As Wyoming's wolf hunting season in the trophy zone nears closure, four hunt areas remain open.
• It cost Washington $15,000 to kill a wolf, after $147,000 was spent trying to prevent depredations.
• A wolf from Washington state is roaming in central Wyoming.
• The sheriff in Kittson County, Minnesota provides excellent information on wolf problems in that county.
The Wyoming Game & Fish Department reports that by Thursday afternoon, Dec. 21, there have been 42 wolves taken in the fall wolf trophy hunting season (of a total quota of 44), and a total of 30 wolves taken in Wyoming’s predator zone so far this year. The predator zone count includes wolves taken by hunters, wolves removed for livestock depredations, and other legal and illegal human-caused mortality. The hunting season in the trophy zone remains open through the end of the year, or until the quota is reached in each hunt area, whichever comes first.
Washington wolf in Wyoming
A wolf radio-collared in Washington state has taken a multi-state journey, leaving an area north of Spokane, moving through western Montana, southern Idaho, through Yellowstone National Park and into central Wyoming. In other Washington wolf news, the Capital Press reports that state wildlife officials spent $15,00 to shoot a wolf, after $147,000 was spent in attempt to prevent depredations. More information can be found at the links below.
Minnesota Sheriff on Wolves
The Kittson County Sheriff’s Office in northwestern Minnesota has begun investigation wolf depredations in that county, and the information complied by that agency is staggering.
Check out the video and article linked below.