Wolf News Roundup 1/7/2019
by Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!
January 7, 2019
The hunting season for wolves in the trophy game area of northwestern Wyoming closed with the end of 2018. According to the Wyoming Game & Fish Department, 44 wolves were harvested, of total quota of 58 wolves in the state’s 14 hunt areas for wolves. There were also 37 wolves killed in Wyoming’s predator zone in 2018.
Brett French of the Billings Gazette visited a captive wolf population outside of Bridger, Montana, and traces their lineage back to the 1920s in the wilds of Wyoming and Montana (although this captive wolf population spent many years in captivity in Pennsylvania). By now, this population of wolves has become inbred, and French describes what is sure to be the last years of our region’s native wolves, albeit in captivity.
New Year’s Day rang in with the Rogue wolf pack killing another calf on private property in Jackson County, Oregon, hitting the same range on which previous depredations have occurred. Wildlife officials have confirmed eight kills in the last two months, in addition to several unconfirmed kills. Wolves in the region are federally protected, and the cattle-killing wolves will not be subject to lethal control.