Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Idaho
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Idaho Project

Determining the vulnerability of wolves to harvest

May 2019 - May 2025


Participating Agencies

  • Elaine French
  • private donor
  • USGS
  • via Caroline Byrd
  • Willard L Eccles Foundation
  • Coypu Foundation
  • Bernice Barbour Foundation
  • McIntire-Stennis Fund
  • Regina Bauer Frankenberg Foundation
  • University of Montana Foundation
  • Andrea Nasi
  • University of Idaho
  • Willard L. Eccles Charitable Foundation
  • Willard L. Eccles Foundation
  • Idaho Department of Fish and Game
  • Jackson Fork Ranch
  • NPS/USGS NRPP program
  • Anonymous
  • Individual donor
  • Idaho Fish and Widlife Foundation

Much of the available science regarding how hunting affects gray wolf populations is from the core of the wolf’s range in Canada and Alaska, where populations are contiguous, robust, and wolves are quite numerous. We know less about how hunting and trapping might affect wolves in smaller populations such as those found in the Rockies. This project is a collaboration between USGS, The University of Idaho, The University of Montana, and Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Insights into how human-caused mortality affects wolf pack structure and long-term demography are critical to understanding the potential impacts of humans on gray wolves and their population management.

Presentations Presentation Date
Ausband, D.E. 2024. Breeding opportunities are key to explaining wolf pack dynamics. Idaho Chapter of the Wildlife Society Annual Conference, Coeur d' Alene, Idaho, USA. March 2024