Wyoming wildlife officials have regained managerial control of the state’s wolf population as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has approved the removal of Wyoming wolves from federal Endangered Species Act protections.
Wolf Populations Rebounding
Regaining managerial control over its estimated 350 wolves, Wyoming joins Idaho, Montana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, each of which regained similar control during 2011 and 2012.
Wolf populations have rebounded strongly in the Upper Rocky Mountain states and in the Upper Great Lakes region, prompting federal wildlife officials to return oversight of the species to the individual states in those regions.
The return of wolf population management to the respective states was long overdue,