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 2021


Personnel

Participating Agencies

  • Bernice Barbour Foundation
  • University of Idaho
  • Idaho Fish and Widlife Foundation
  • University of Montana Foundation
  • USGS
  • Individual donor
  • McIntire-Stennis Fund

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.