The Cost of Wolves

The Co$t of Wolf Recovery

In Issues And Advocacy by RMEF Comments

A report from Washington indicates ongoing gray wolf recovery efforts are taking their toll on state budgets.

“Idaho has around 20,000 black bears and 2,500 mountain lions. They’re of similar size to wolves, occupying roughly the same space, yet those two species cause very little conflict in terms of livestock compared with wolves,” Todd Grimm, director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services Program for Idaho, told the Spokesman Review.

“Idaho probably spends less than $10,000 dealing with depredation by bears and cougars. Last year, $576,357 was spent dealing with wolf depredation.”

Wolf Management Costs, 2016

Idaho

$800K

State Budget
  • Number of Wolves: 790 minimum
  • Status: Delisted
  • Revenue from Hunting-Trapping: $437,000

Montana

$735k*

State Budget
  • Number of Wolves: 540 minimum
  • Status: Delisted
  • Revenue from Hunting-Trapping: $400,000

*includes $135,000 for livestock depredation

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