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

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