A regulation that will permit hunting will be adopted after delisting occurs.
That is definitely news to me. I had thought the packs would remain unhunted for sometime after delisting. It will be interesting to see what happens to the wolf packs once the states take control, whether they will hold their head count, go up, or down.
Overall the numbers seem pretty low. 15 packs statewide. There are 6-8 wolves per pack, so between 90-120 in all of WY. For comparision, I have read that MN has 350 packs.
I'm not a biologist, but 90-120 seems too low. A string of bad winters/drought (wiping-out/diminishing prey), or a fast spreading disease could easily wipe out this population.
Don't get me wrong, I fully support hunting of predators and management by locals. But it seems to me that if they want to have a lasting population there is going to have to be more packs, otherwise a 3-5 year run of bad years could put the whole program on life support and if they don't care about that possibility what was the whole point of reintroducing wolves in the first place?
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