Contact Us

Last Chance To Comment On Wyoming’s Wolf Plan

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

One week remains for public comment on the proposed wolf management plan for Wyoming.

Listen here,

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.


Wyoming’s current proposal for wolf management, unlike neighboring states Idaho and Montana, allows for unlicensed hunting of the animal in most of the state for all of the year.

Sophie Osborn, wildlife biologist and wildlife program director, for the Wyoming Outdoor Council, explains that this unregulated predator zone covers %88  of the state and was created by the Wyoming legislature in 2003 with dual status written into the law, “and its that duel status that has been the major impediment to delisting of wolves in the Rocky Mountain region for years now.”

Trophy status in Wyoming is reserved for the northwest corner of the state.

That area includes a flex line that expands for about four months in winter to allow for movement of wolves in and out of Idaho.  The flex line Osborn says is an improvement, but she says they’d like to see it made permanent.

“We think that that extended boundary, being seasonal, presents some serious enforcement challenges for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and we also have some concerns that if wolves do establish themselves in that area during the seasonal extension, that they will be especially vulnerable to persecution when the area reverts to a predator zone.”

Another addition to the current proposal calls for mandatory reporting of all wolves killed.

“We feel this is very important, because the department will have better oversight over wolf numbers, but also it will be able to collect genetic samples from all of those wolves and determine that the population is healthy genetically.”

She says they hope talk of a buffer number for management is honored.

Osborn says the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission meets to vote on the plan on September 14th.

Comments must be submitted to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department by mail before 5 o’clock Friday September 9th.

Send comments to,

Wolf Plan Comments , Wyoming Game and Fish Department, 5400 Bishop Blvd, Cheyenne, WY 82006

Fax: 307-777-4650






Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for K2 Fan Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive K2 Fan Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.