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Wyoming's first regulated wolf hunt to begin Monday

Sep 30, 2012 - The Associated Press

Park County led sales with 562. Hunters in Fremont County bought 327, while Teton County followed with 324, Sublette with 228 and Natrona with 117.

JACKSON -- Wyoming's first regulated wolf hunt is set to begin Monday.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced last month it would entrust Wyoming with managing wolf numbers and endorsed a plan that allows for the animals to be shot on sight in most of the state, while keeping them permanently protected in designated areas like Yellowstone National Park.

Wyoming Game and Fish spokesman Eric Keszler said) that through Friday afternoon, Wyoming had sold 2,236 wolf licenses.

Park County led sales with 562. Hunters in Fremont County bought 327, while Teton County followed with 324, Sublette with 228 and Natrona with 117.

Meanwhile, Gov. Matt Mead called the hunt "scientifically sound."

It comes after 15 years of controversy and legal battles following the federally ordered reintroduction of gray wolves into the greater Yellowstone area in 1996.

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