News Release

April 4, 2014

Service, State Agencies Release 2013 Northern Rocky Mountain Wolf Population Numbers

Media Contacts:
Leith Edgar  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (303) 236-4588 Ken McDonald  Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (406) 444-5645 Jon Rachael  Idaho Fish & Game (208) 334-2920 Dan Thompson  Wyoming Game & Fish Dept. (307) 332-2688 Donny Martorello  Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife (360) 902-2521 Russ Morgan  Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife (541) 963-2138 John Shivick  Utah Dept. of Natural Resource (801) 538-4758

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), in collaboration with other federal, state and tribal agencies, is announcing the 2013 Northern Rocky Mountain (NRM) Gray Wolf Population numbers.

This annual report is conducted as part of the Service’s work to monitor the wolf population to ensure that it continues to exceed recovery goals under professional state management, and no longer requires federal protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

As of December 31, 2013, there were at least 78 breeding pairs and 1,691 wolves within the NRM area. The wolf population remains well above the recovery levels identified by Service and partner biologists in the recovery plan. Minimum management targets are at least 45 breeding pairs and at least 450 wolves across the NRM area. 

The report is posted online at http://www.fws.gov/home/wolfrecovery/  and http://westerngraywolf.fws.gov. The report is a cooperative effort by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Wyoming Fish and Game, the Nez Perce Tribe, National Park Service, Blackfeet Nation, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Wind River Tribes, Colville Tribe, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Utah Department of Natural Resources, and USDA Wildlife Services.