Take Action: Save Wyoming’s Wolves
In Wyoming’s wolf hunt last year — the first since gray wolves lost Endangered Species Act protections there — 76 wolves were killed. This year’s hunt was extended to be a month longer than the first, and the quota of wolves that can be killed is higher, too.1,2
The Threat to Wolves in Wyoming
Ever since Wyoming regained management of its wolves, it’s legal to shoot these amazing animals on sight for any reason in 85% of the state.4
The state sets a seasonal limit on how many wolves can be killed in the area around Yellowstone and Bridger-Teton National Forest — but this year’s quota is higher than last year’s, and Wyoming’s ultimate goal is to reduce its wolf population by half.5
Wyoming’s track record on wolves is downright alarming. In 2012, 67 wolves were killed, and then nearly that many again the next year — prompting a federal judge to put a halt to the hunts.6
Since that ruling was overturned, Wyoming has taken up wolf killing again with gusto. Last year’s number of dead wolves outpaced the totals that lead to the hunting ban in the first place. This isn’t wolf management — it’s reckless slaughter.
How You Can Help
When we speak up together for wolves, we know we can win. Just last spring, Environmental Action members successfully helped save Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in the upper Midwest by building an overwhelming tide of support for wolves that Congress couldn’t ignore.
Whether you live in Wyoming or not, you can make a difference.
1. Bob Moen, “44 Wolves Taken in First Wolf Hunt in Wyoming Since 2013,” Associated Press, January 26, 2018.
2. Mike Koshmrl, “Wolf hunt extended,” Jackson Hole News & Guide, July 11, 2018.
3. “WGFD Wolf Hunter Harvest Summary 2018,” Wyoming Game and Fish Department, December 5, 2018.
4. Christine Peterson, “Wolves can be shot on sight in most of Wyoming after state takes over management,” Casper Star-Tribune, April 25, 2017.
5. John Spina, “Wyoming sets wolf population goal of 160,” Jackson Hole News & Guide, May 24, 2017.
6. Christine Peterson, “Wolves can be shot on sight in most of Wyoming after state takes over management,” Casper Star-Tribune, April 25, 2017.