Posted: Apr 13, 2013 5:15 PM by MTN News
Wolf hunting took a bite out of the predator's population as Montana's wolf population is down by 4 percent. Meanwhile, Wyoming dropped 16 percent and Idaho numbers are down 8 percent, according to data from state wildlife agencies.
The government's original recovery goal was at least 300 wolves in the region and despite last year's decline, the latest figures show the population remains at more than five times that level.
Montana and Idaho wildlife agencies say wolf numbers remain high enough that there is little possibility of the animals being returned to the endangered list.