Utah Gray Wolf Found Dead In Box Elder County
A suspected gray wolf was killed in a coyote trap in Box Elder County in northern Utah earlier this week. A private trapper reported the animal to Utah Wildlife Services personnel who in turn contacted Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The animal which appeared to be a 3-year old mature male and is believed to be a disperser from the Yellowstone area was sent to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's forensic lab to confirm that it is a wolf and identify its origin and cause of death.
Wolves were reintroduced back into the Yellowstone and central Idaho area in 1995 and 1996. The number of wolves in Wyoming and Idaho are above recovery numbers and continue to do well. The gray wolf in the northern Rocky Mountains is being considered for delisting, but in order for Endangered Species Act protections to be removed, the states of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming each need to have adequate state management plans in place.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses 545 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resources offices and 81 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign and Native American tribal governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Assistance program, which distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.