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Wyo. Gov. Mead has no plans to hunt a wolf

Associated Press Published: October 2, 2012

Also, the new wolf licenses aren't difficult to get. They cost just $18 for Wyoming residents ($180 for nonresidents) and more than 2,200 people have bought them. About 95 percent of the Wyoming wolf licenses sold to date have gone to Wyoming residents.

The quota for this year's hunt is 52 wolves out of an estimated 328 in Wyoming. As of Tuesday at noon, hunters had killed four: one each in the hunt areas due northeast of Yellowstone and due west of Meeteetse, and two in the hunt area south of Yellowstone and just northeast of Grand Teton National Park, according to a Game and Fish wolf hunt hotline.

Wyoming's elected officials were almost unanimous in seeking the now-realized "dual classification" of wolves as trophy game in northwest Wyoming and predators that may be killed on sight in the rest of the state.

More than a few pols would gloat by grabbing a rifle and a television crew and heading into the woods to shoot a wolf. Not this governor.

Mead said he might get a wolf license "just to get one." Otherwise he said he will stick with the annual Two-Shot Goose Hunt in the Torrington area and the annual One-Shot Antelope Hunt in the Lander area.

"So three shells, two days," he said. "I don't see having time to go wolf hunting."