The detailed annual report on the status, distribution, and management of the Northern Rocky Mountain (Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming) wolf population is now available from the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The report also features information on wolf populations in Washington and Oregon.
Click here to view more detailed information, including the annual reports from each state.
The entire Northern Rocky Mountain wolf population (in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming) is estimated to be approximately 1,657 wolves in 282 packs including 85 breeding pairs.
- Montana estimated 554 wolves in 134 packs with 34 breeding pairs.
- Idaho estimated 770 wolves in 104 packs with 26 breeding pairs.
- Wyoming estimated 333 wolves in 44 packs with 25 breeding pairs.
- Oregon estimated 77 wolves in 15 packs with 8 breeding pairs.
- Washington estimated 68 wolves in 16 packs with 5 breeding pairs.
- No packs were documented in Utah.
Click here for a scalable PDF map of known wolf packs in the area in 2014.
744 wolf mortalities were recorded in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming in 2014. 706 wolves died due to human-related causes (including predator control and harvest) — amounting to approximately 16-35% of the population in each state.
Total confirmed depredations by wolves in 2014 included 140 cattle, 172 sheep, 4 dogs, 1 horse, and 1 donkey.
Private and state agencies paid $274,885.90 in compensation for wolf-caused damage to livestock in 2014. [Editor’s note: this comes out to approximately $779.50 per animal.]