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  • PROJECT: WYOMING

We have taken the liberty of writing up a comment for you to read when you call.

I would like to make comment to Wyoming's Game & Fish Department.

I want to express my feelings on the current horrific wolf management that is occurring on the war against wolves in the Northern Rockies and Yellowstone. Since the delisting we have slaughtered 1000s of wolves for the reason of inflating the elk populations and subsidizing welfare ranchers that get the rights to graze their cattle on over 300 million acres of public land so they can profit, and our predators suffer.

As a taxpayer I am against this action and ask that you take immediate action to protect our wolves.

Thank you. * Name *

It appears the only way to provide feedback to Wyoming's Game & Fish Department is by phone.

Call Wyoming's Game & Fish Department: 307.777.4600

  • WYOMING INFO

CURRENT WOLF POPULATION

328 (12/31/2011)

GOAL FOR WOLF POPULATION

Your guess is as good as ours. With a plan that allows year-round wolf killing and a trophy hunting season in limited areas of the state, it is a fair guess that there is no specific desire to maintain a specific population level.

As such, we assume the 150/15 breeding pair wolf federal floor would be the final level at which the state would step in to prevent federal intervention.

The word "plan" here has to be applied here somewhat liberally since there was not a whole lot of effort with the proposals to do anything but politically pander to the ranching and hunting lobbies.

Here's how it works:

There are 12 regions covering about 20 percent (the northwestern portion) of the state considers wolves to be trophy game animals. This means that there are quotas (a total of 53) for these regions and a set hunting season which runs from Oct. 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012.

The remainder of the state treats wolves as predators - allowing them to be shot on sight. No quotas, no seasons.

To call this a plan is somewhat delusional - but what would you expect from a state run by a republican hunter?

THE LOCAL GOOD GUYS

Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance
685 S. Cache St.
P.O. Box 2728
Jackson, WY 83001
Phone: 307.733.9417
email: info@jhalliance.org

Wyoming Outdoor Council
262 Lincoln Street
Lander, WY 82520
Phone: 307.332.7031
email: info@wyomingoutdoorcouncil.org

Wolf Sanctuaries

Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center

HISTORY

Wyoming has been home to Human inhabitants for an estimated 11,000 years or so - but in typical fashion, the "discovery" of Wyoming was not recognized until a western European arrived. In this case, trappers wandered in to the region in the mid 1700s, but it wasn't until 1806 or thereabouts that an American fur trader called John Colter, traveled through what would be considered Yellowstone Park - this "discovery," and the reports Colter made, quickly led to the region being fully documented and explored within a few decades.

Wyoming for much of it's early westernized life served as a thoroughfare for those traveling to California and Oregon. Wyoming was, and remains still, shockingly harsh and as such, very few who traveled through the state remained to make a life for themselves.

As with much of the midwest, it was the arrival of the railroad which changed the face of the region. After crushing the native populations, it became clear that there was plenty of money to be made from cattle - free grazing land and massive potential for profitability defined not only the early statehood of Wyoming but continues to define the state today.

The cattle "barons" soon swooped in, taking control of the business and political landscapes for the entire region. So brutal were these barons that small ranchers and the super barons which owned massive amounts of land actually clashed in open conflict in 1891. Federal troops actually arrested the larger landowners to bring the situation to an end before the barons took the law in to their own hands.

Wyoming became a state in 1890, and many attempts were made to force agriculture in to the region - which failed. Mineral resources and fossil fuel industries ended up supplementing the ranching for the state's economy.

Wolves, predictably, became the victims of the overwhelming power the ranchers had in Wyoming, and much like many other western states, wolves were completely eradicated by the mid-1930s in federally-funded assaults driven by the political power of the livestock industry.

In 1994, Wyoming was one of the three states which participated in the reintroduction of gray wolves.

Wyoming's wolf plan (if you can call it that) caused the state to face both political and legal battles when trying to take control of their wolves, a right given to both Montana and Wyoming after their wolf plans were approved.

Wyoming was conspicuously excluded from Jon Tester's infamous rider which took wolves off the endangered species list.

However, the political environment only became more hostile towards wolves, and Wyoming was finally given approval to implement their wolf plan.

2012 saw the first wolf hunt in Wyoming, however a large portion of the state allows wolves to be considered predators and are permitted to be "shot on sight."