A new paper published this week documents how wolf recovery is hampered by continued human-wolf conflict. The paper points to the illegal killing of wolves by coyote hunters as a primary reason for wolves’ high mortality rates in many areas of the country. We’ve seen several examples of coyote hunters illegally shooting wolves just this year.
Take for example the wolf shot by a coyote hunter in Kremmling, Colorado in April, or the famed wolf “Echo” who traveled hundreds of miles from the Northern Rockies to the Grand Canyon only to be shot in February.
This paper underscores our view that as wolves continue to recover and disperse to new areas, state wildlife agencies must increase efforts to educate hunters and local communities about the potential presence of wolves, their status as a protected species, and how to tell the difference between wolves and coyotes.