Laramie, Wy – The state Game and Fish Department will be able to do more monitoring of elk and other ungulates thanks to federal money. Wyoming just received 200 thousand dollars to prepare for wolf management and the Game and Fish's John Emmerich says they will put a lot of the funds towards surveillance. He says right now they monitor every three years, but now they'll fly over elk herds every year to see what impact wolves are having on birth rates and survival.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is in charge of wolf management in Wyoming right now. The state could get control after a lawsuit is resolved. Emmerich says this money will be used to prepare for that time.
Emmerich says the new money will go towards training and buying equipment as well as monitoring.
Wyoming has been working for several years to get more federal support for wolf management.