Wolf Hunting News

Officials from South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Remind South Dakota Landowners and Sportsmen that Gray Wolves Remain Protected in Western South Dakota

Although the gray wolf has recently been removed from federal Endangered Species Act protections in Minnesota and the other Great Lake states, as well as, Montana, Idaho and under consideration in Wyoming the gray wolf remains protected under federal law in western South Dakota. The recent de-listing actions have removed Endangered Species Act protections for the gray wolf in eastern South Dakota but the wolf remains protected in South Dakota west of the Missouri River.

Montana's Wolf Population Up 15 Percent in 2011

At least 653 wolves were counted by FWP wolf specialists at the end of 2011 according to the annual wolf conservation and management report released Wednesday by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.

Wolf Control Is Part of Idaho F&G's Predation Management Plan

In cooperation with Idaho Fish and Game, the USDA Wildlife Services has completed a wolf control action in northern Idaho's Lolo zone.

Over three days in early February, Wildlife Services agents killed 14 wolves from a helicopter. The action is part of, and consistent with Idaho's predation management plan for the Lolo elk zone.

In the Lolo zone, hunters have taken 11 wolves, trappers have taken 11, control efforts earlier in spring 2011 took six, and the most recent control effort took 14 for a total of 42 wolves.

Parvovirus Found in Wolf Killed in Hailey, Idaho

On January 22, a Hailey-area homeowner killed a wolf that had been observed near his house for at least two days and was acting sick or injured.

Immediately after killing the wolf, the homeowner notified Idaho Fish and Game. Two Fish and Game officers arrived and retrieved the dead wolf, a juvenile female. The animal was emaciated and had green fluid diarrhea.

Montana Wolf Hunting Season Ends Statewide

Wolf hunting statewide in Montana closed Wednesday, Feb. 15, and no seasons will be further extended, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials said today.

The wolf hunting season ends with a total harvest of 166 wolves, 75 percent of the overall quota of 220 wolves. The season was initially set to end Dec. 31, 2011, but the FWP Commission earlier extended wolf hunting until Feb. 15 to allow hunters to reach closer to the harvest quota. The season extension resulted in the harvest of an additional 45 wolves.

Necropsy Results Show Mexican Wolf in Arizona Died from Illegal Gunshot; Reward Offered for Information

The National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory in Ashland, Ore., has determined that Mexican wolf mp1242 died as the result of a gunshot wound.

Arizona Wolf Numbers Are Up

Arizona Game and Fish Department conducts 2011 population surveys in state for multi-agency Mexican wolf program.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Arizona Game and Fish Department and other partners in the Mexican Wolf Reintroduction Project announced earlier today that the endangered Mexican wolf population count increased to a minimum of 58 wolves compared to last year’s count of 50.

Great Lakes Wolf Population De-listing Affects North Dakota

The recent decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove the Great Lakes population of gray wolves from federal protection might not seem as important in North Dakota as some of the other states in the Midwest, but it is significant nonetheless.

All Wolf Hunting To Close In Montana's WMU 110

The hunting of all wolves in Montana Wolf Management Unit 110 which includes portions of Lincoln and Flathead Counties, in northwestern Montana, will close Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at one half-hour after sunset.

Idaho Fish and Game Commission Expands Wolf Trapping

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission on Thursday, January 26, expanded the wolf trapping season to include Unit 10A in the Dworshak-Elk City wolf management zone.