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WILD WOLF POPULATION IN THE UNITED STATES

 

 US pop numbers Apr 2017

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Alaska population 2016

 

Wild wolf population in the united states

Gray Wolves (Canis lupus) were once among the most widely distributed wild mammals. They inhabited most of the available land in the northern hemisphere. Due to the destruction of their habitat and persecution by humans, they now occupy only about two-thirds of their former range worldwide, and about 10 percent of their historic range in the continental 48 United States. Gray wolf populations according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: 

 

Western Great Lake States

» Minnesota: 2,278 (Aug. 2016); Status: Federal protection reinstated via court order December 2014. More information.

» Wisconsin: 886-897 (Apr. 2016); Status: Federal protection reinstated via court order December 2014. More information.

» Michigan: 618 (Apr. 2016); Status: Federal protection reinstated via court order December 2014. More information.

» Isle Royale National Park: 2 (updated 2016); Status: Federal protection reinstated via court order December 2014. More informationThe National Park Service is expected to make a decision in fall of 2017 on whether or not to release 20 to 30 new wolves over a three-year period as a way to bolster the population on the remote Lake Superior island.

 

Northern Rocky Mountain States

» Idaho: 786 (2016); Status: Population state managed. Idaho’s wolf management plan includes an annual harvest season. More information.

» Montana: 536 (2016); Status: Population state managed. Montana's wolf management plan includes an annual harvest season. More information.

» Wyoming: 382 (Apr. 2016); Status: Population state managed. (Federal appeals court upheld the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2012 decision to remove gray wolves in Wyoming from the endangered species list -March 2017) More information.

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Pacific Northwest

» California: As many as 3 at times (2017); Status: federally protected. More information.

» Oregon: 112 (Apr. 2017); Status: Wolves throughout Oregon were delisted from the state Endangered Species Act (ESA) on November 9, 2015. Wolves remain federally protected in western portion of the state (west of Hwys 395-78-95). More information.

» Washington: 115 (Mar. 2017); Status: State/tribe managed in the eastern third of the state. Federally protected in the western portion. More information.

 

Southwest (Mexican gray wolves)

» Arizona: 63 (2017); Status: federally protected with exceptions as a nonessential experimental popuation.

» New Mexico: 50 (2017); Status: federally protected with exceptions as a nonessential experimental popuation. Fact Sheet re: 2015 Final Rule courtesy USFWS.

» U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s Mexican Wolf Recovery Reports.

» More information.

 

Alaska

» Alaska: 7,700 - 11,200 (2017); Status: Population state managed as both a big game animal and a furbearer, management includes intensive predator control programs. More information.

 

SouthEast (red wolves)

» North Carolina: 45 (2017); Status: federally protected with exceptions as a nonessential experimental popuation. More information.

» Learn about the ongoing Review and Evaluation of the Red Wolf Recovery Program.

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