(Gray Wolf. Photo by Gary Kramer/USFWS)
(Cheyenne, Wyo.) – The quota in another wolf area has been met and will be closed for the remainder of the season.
“Wolf hunt area 5 has reached its quota of 3 wolves,” said Alan Dubberley, Public Information Officer for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD). “Hunt area 5 encompasses a large area around Dubois in the Wind River and Absaroka mountain ranges. This is the second wolf hunt area to close. Hunt area 10 southeast of Jackson reached its quota of one wolf on opening day.”
The wolf hunting season began October 1 and ends December 31, 2013 except for hunt area 12 south of Jackson, which opens October 15 and closes December 31.
As of Tuesday, eight wolves had been harvested throughout the trophy game management areas. The statewide quota is 26.
As with other trophy game species, wolves in these areas are managed under a mortality quota system. The hunting season in each specific wolf area will remain open until the quota for the area is reached, or until December 31, whichever comes first. All hunters must call the wolf hotline daily (800-264-1280) to ensure the quota for wolves in each specific area has not been reached.
Hunters harvesting wolves in areas where wolves are classified as trophy game are required to report the kill within 24 hours by calling the hotline at 800-264-1280. Within five days, they are required to present the skull and pelt to a game warden, biologist, or other personnel at a WGFD regional office for registration.
In all other areas of the state where wolves are designated as predatory animals, no license is required to harvest a wolf, and there are no closed seasons or bag limits. Anyone who takes a wolf in areas of the state where wolves are designated as predatory animals is required to report the kill to a district game warden, biologist or WGFD personnel at a regional office within 10 days after the date the wolf was killed. Presenting the skull and pelt is not required, but doing so does aid in department efforts to monitor wolf populations and genetic interchange through the state.
Hunters with questions about hunting seasons or regulations can pick up a copy of the current hunting regulations for the species in which they are interested at any license selling vendor, regional WGFD office or call the WGFD sportsman line at 307-777-4600.