The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will be trapping wolves east of Yellowstone National Park in the coming months as part of efforts to monitor populations since the animals were proposed for removal from the endangered species list.
As part of its ongoing efforts, Wyoming Game and Fish may conduct scientific trapping operations in several locations during the next few months, according to a statement released by the agency.
Trapping may take place in the Absaroka Range south and west of Cody and Meeteetse, more specifically along the Shoshone River, Greybull River, Wood River, Gooseberry Creek, Grass Creek, Cottonwood Creek and Owl Creek drainages and their tributaries.
The agency is required to monitor the wolf population in northwest Wyoming under the terms of its agreements with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Trapped wolves are immobilized, processed, and released on-site, in accordance with standard capture and handling techniques, according to agency officials.
All major access points where wolf trapping is being conducted will be marked with warning signs. Wildlife managers aid it is “critical that the public read and comply with these signs to prevent serious accidents involving people and/or pets.”
Specific information about exact dates or sites of trapping operations have not yet been released.
For more information regarding gray wolf trapping efforts, contact the Game and Fish Cody regional office at 307-527-7125.